Preschool handout

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HEALTH

  •         Help your child brush her teeth with an amount of toothpaste the size of a grain of rice.
  •         The first dental visit should be at 1 years and then every 6 months. You may ask us for a list of pediatric dentists if you need help finding one.
  •         Continue to read stories every day.
  •         Limit TV and electronics to 1-2 hours a day. Watch shows together and discuss them.

SAFETY

  •         Children should remain in a rear-facing car seat until at least 2 if not older. Then,  they should be in one with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat’s manufacturer.
  •         BIKE HELMETS are very important. Teach your kids street and pedestrian safety.
  •         Teach kids to learn their names, addresses and phone numbers.  Teach them who to go to if lost (point out police, security guards.)
  •         Teach kids safety rules for interacting with strangers.

DEVELOPMENT

  •         Reading together promotes bonding, language skills, and healthy development.

POSITIVE DISCIPLINE

  •     All children need attention.  The amount of positive attention they receive should outweigh the negative attention.
  •   Techniques for increasing positive attention.
  •  “Catch” your child being GOOD.  Specific praise like “you did a good job picking up your toys” rather than “you are a good girl.” will help her link the praise with the behavior.
  •  Have special time - 10-20 minutes one-on-one with each child doing something the child wants to do.  Label it as a special time.
  • If your child resists certain chores, sticker charts can help children do things like getting dressed, brush teeth or prepare for bed.

NUTRITION

  •         Offer nutritious foods and let him decide what and how much to eat. You are not a short-order cook and don’t have to cook separate meals for your toddler. This only promotes picky-eating.
  •         Your child should be eating 3 meals with 2 nutritious snacks each day. Healthy snacks include fruits, veggies, cheese, yogurt, and bits of whole-grain bread or crackers.
  •         Avoid juice. It promotes tooth decay and a unhealthy weight.

Reading and Resources

  • Book: The American Academy of Pediatrics Guide to Toilet Training.
  • Book: 1,2,3 Magic – Effective discipline for children 2-12. Thomas Phelan.
  •         Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-SAFE (7233)
  •         Food Assistance WIC 1-800-WIC-1007 and SNAP www.mass.gov/snap
  •         CDC Vaccine Page www.cdc.gov/vaccines
  •        www.healthychildren.org Site by pediatricians about a variety of health topics
  •         App: Pediatric Symptom MD – a variety of pediatric advice

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