3-Year Visit

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3-Year Visit

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Find out what to expect at the 3-Year visit.
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3-Year Visit


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 height and weight, calculate body mass index (BMI), and plot the measurements on growth charts
  • 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.
  • Always apply sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher on your child at least 15 minutes before your child goes outside. Reapply every 2 hours.
  • 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 other media time to no more than 2 hours 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 July 31, 2014

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Last updated July 31, 2014

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