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Three-year-olds can have a range of feelings, such as being excited one minute to having a temper tantrum the next. Your child may try to push, hit, or bite other children. It may be hard for your child to understand how they feel and to listen to you.
At this age, your child may be ready to jump, hop, or ride a tricycle. Your child likely knows their name, age, and whether they are a boy or girl. Your child can copy easy shapes, like circles and crosses. Your child probably likes to dress and eat without your help.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: September 20, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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