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Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC): When I am 4 Years Old

MN WIC Program

Printable Version: C&TC When I am 4 Years Old (PDF: 265B/1 page)

I should go to my healthcare provider for a Child and Teen Checkup when I am 4 years old to see if I am growing and healthy. I should also go to the dentist to protect my smile now and in the future.

Schedule an appointment for Early Childhood Screening .

  • I CAN...
  • Hop, stand on one foot and catch a ball
  • Use a least 6-word sentences and ask questions
  • Wash my hands without help
  • Put together 7-12 piece puzzles
  • Copy drawing a circle and a square
  • Understand simple home rules and start to understand danger
  • Use a fork and cup well
  • Feed myself well

  • YOU CAN...

  • Offer me 3 small meals a day plus healthy snacks; offer foods from all the food groups
  • Buy fruits and vegetables for snacks instead of chips, cake, cookies, candy or pop
  • Be a positive role model - eat a variety of healthy foods
  • Eat with me at mealtime - turn off the TV and talk with me
  • Give me water instead of pop, juice or sweetened drinks
  • Eat meals and snacks at about the same time every day
  • Let me help you shop for, prepare and serve meals
  • Teach me where foods come from and how they are grown
  • Clean my teeth twice a day using a small, soft toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste - teach me to spit it out

  • Involve me in family chores such as raking leaves or walking the dog
  • Play outside with me (play catch, tag or hopscotch)
  • Talk to me about things I do and see
  • Offer hugs and praise to reward me; don't use food as reward or punishment
  • Read with me every day
  • Give me opportunities to play with other children
  • Let me make meaningful choices every day
  • Give me crayons so I can practice drawing
  • Tell me when to say please, thank you and sorry (use these words yourself and I will learn from you)
  • Teach me how to deal with strangers
  • Teach me about street, tricycle, and car seat safety
  • Have home fire drills and check smoke detectors
  • Limit my time watching TV, movies, playing video games or using the computer to 1 hour a day

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