Letting your child help choose and prepare meals is a good idea. Be a good example; your child will follow your lead in developing healthy eating habitboy_riding_bikes.” src=”http://www.doctorhuntersville.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/boy_riding_bike-200×300.jpg” alt=”Family meals are important for your child. Letting your child help choose and prepare meals is a good idea. Be a good example; your child will follow your lead in developing healthy eating habitboy_riding_bikes.” width=”200″ height=”300″ />Family meals are important for your child. Letting your child help choose and prepare meals is a good idea. Be a good example; your child will follow your lead in developing healthy eating habits. If you haven’t already, switch to skim milk. Your child should be offered foods from all food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, and dairy products). Don’t force your child to “clean the plate,” but also don’t allow your child to dictate what’s served. If she doesn’t like what’s served and refuses to eat it, wrap up the plate and serve it later when the child is hungry. Your child will not go hungry if there is food available. A child will quickly learn that he can get sweets or junk foods with every meal if he gets them every time he refuses to eat something healthy. Small meals with healthy snacks are recommended: yogurt, fruit, vegetables, cheese, cereal or baked goods that are not high in fat or sugar (crackers, pretzels, Cheerios, etc.). Limit fast food.
Vitamins and Fluoride/Teeth
Vitamin D supplement is necessary if your child does not drink at least 32 ounces of vitamin D-fortified milk/day. Give your child a multi-vitamin that contains 400 IU of vitamin D per day. If your water supply does not have fluoride, fluoride supplement is needed until the age of 12 years. Teeth should be brushed in the morning and at bedtime with fluoride toothpaste. If your child has not been seeing a dentist, schedule his first appointment now.
Development and Discipline
- Continuously supervise your child around any water, even a shallow creek.
- Children should wear an approved flotation device while boating.
- Consider swimming lessons.
- Never leave a child alone in a car, even for a minute.
- Use an approved car seat.
- Supervise all street crossings. Teach children to look both ways when crossing, but your child is still too young to do this alone.
- Provide a play area where balls and riding toys cannot role into the street.
- You and your child should wear a helmet while biking.
- Supervise your child closely if riding a bike or other riding toy in the driveway or around traffic.
- Teach your child the full names of family, his address, and phone number.
- Teach your child about safety around strangers, and instruct him on appropriate vs. inappropriate touching.
- Teach your child to never take medicines without supervision and to not eat unknown substances.
- Keep the poison center number on all phones: 1-800-222-1222.
Your child should receive a full pre-kindergarten physical including a vision exam, hearing screen, and an assessment of development. Routine booster shots will be given if they were not done at the 4 year check-up. After a shot, your child may run a fever and become irritable for about 1 day. Your child may also have some soreness, redness and swelling where the shot was given. Treat fever or pain with ibuprofen or acetaminophen. For swelling, try ice or a cool washcloth.
Call Your Child’s Physician If:
- You are concerned about a fever or if your child is listless
- Your child does not want to drink fluids or vomits multiple times in a day
- Your child does not urinate for 8 hours
- Your child exhibits difficulty breathing
Your child should have a well check next year.