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Your child may like to play with friends more than doing things with you. He or she may like to tell stories and is interested in relationships between people.
Most 5-year-olds know the names of things in the house, such as appliances, and what they are used for. Your child may dress himself or herself without help and probably likes to play make-believe. Your child can now learn his or her address and phone number. He or she is likely to copy shapes like triangles and squares and count on fingers.
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.
Influenza (flu) immunization is recommended once a year for all children ages 6 months and older. Ask your doctor if your child needs any other last doses of vaccines, such as MMR and chickenpox.
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: May 27, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Susan C. Kim MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & John Pope MD - Pediatrics
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