Your child probably likes to sing songs, hop, and dance around. At age 4, children are more independent and may prefer to dress themselves.
Most 4-year-olds can tell someone their first and last name. They usually can draw a person with three body parts, like a head, body, and arms or legs.
Most children at this age like to hop on one foot, ride a tricycle (or a small bike with training wheels), throw a ball overhand, and go up and down stairs without holding onto anything. Your child probably likes to dress and undress on his or her own. Some 4-year-olds know what is real and what is pretend but most will play make-believe. Many four-year-olds like to tell short stories.
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 call line 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.
Flu immunization is recommended once a year for all children ages 6 months and older.
It is a good idea to send your child to kindergarten. Kindergarten teachers know how to help young children with different skills and backgrounds. They will help your child enjoy school and get ready for grade 1. Most children start kindergarten between 4½ and 6 years old. Kindergarten will help your child:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 28, 2018
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
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