Well-child visit: 4 years 

It’s been about a year since Baby‘s last well-child visit, and so much has changed! Your healthcare provider will check on Baby‘s growth and development and answer all of your new questions about your 4-year-old.

At the appointment

This begins the range of time in which Baby can get his last immunization for acellular pertussis, diphtheria, polio, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella. These vaccines can be given between the ages of 4 and 6, so there’s still plenty of time.

Your healthcare provider will take this time to see how much Baby has grown and developed since his last well-child visit. A few milestones they might be checking for include hopping on one foot, dressing themselves, knowing his age and gender, playing board games, and brushing his own teeth.

Questions to ask 

Have any new things come up in the last year with Baby? If so, you probably have questions! If you can’t quite remember all the questions you’ve asked yourself over the last year, here are a few examples that might jog your memory:

  • How do I explain the difference between boys and girls to my child?
  • What’s the best way to teach manners, kindness, and respect?
  • How can I best teach my child to be safe around adults and strangers?
  • When can Baby move to a booster seat?
  • How do I handle TV time, and what kinds of TV are appropriate?

Sources
  • “AAP Schedule of Well-Child Care Visits.” HealthyChildren.org. American Academy of Pediatrics. December 18, 2015. Web.
  • “Well-child visits.” MedlinePlus. U.S. National Library of Medicine. February 5, 2015. Web.
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