Guiding Your Child Through The Early Years
3 Years Features
Find out what to expect at the 3-Year visit.
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Date Of Visit:____________________
Things your doctor will do at today's visit:
- Ask for an update on your child's health
- Examine your child
- Check your child's blood pressure and vision (if your child is able to cooperate)
- Ask about possible exposure of your child to lead and test for lead if indicated
- Ask about your family's history of heart disease and test cholesterol levels, if indicated
- Discuss your child's risk of anemia (iron-poor blood) and test for anemia if indicated
- Ask about possible exposure to tuberculosis (TB) and test your child if indicated
- Make sure your child's immunizations are up to date
- Give you an opportunity to ask questions
Things you may want to discuss at this visit:
Your child's growth and nutrition.
Your child's behavior and development. _______________________________________________________
Questions or concerns about toilet training. _______________________________________________________
Your child's ability to understand and follow some specific rules. _______________________________________________________
Your child's sleeping habits. _______________________________________________________
Any concerns about your child's language, hearing or vision. _______________________________________________________
Your child-care arrangements and plans for preschool. _______________________________________________________
Any other concerns you have. _______________________________________________________
Things to keep in mind:
- Always use a car seat , and only place a car seat in the back seat.
- Make sure that wherever your child plays (for example, the yard or playground) is safe.
- Offer your toddler healthy foods at meals and snacks. Let him decide what and how much to eat.
- Teach your child to brush her teeth with a soft brush and a small (pea-sized) amount of fluoride toothpaste.
- Expect that your child will be curious about body parts; use the correct words to describe these parts.
- Praise your child for good behavior and for all of his accomplishments.
- Plan time for your child to play together with other children.
- Provide choices but also set limits and use time-out or other consistent discipline for unacceptable behavior.
- Limit television and video watching to one hour per day. Watch programs with your child and discuss them.
Schedule an appointment for your child's next visit, usually at 4 years of age.
Based on health-supervision guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and from Bright Futures, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under the direction of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Last updated February 17, 2011