Your Preschooler – age 2 to 5 years
Preschoolers spend more time around other children and many attend school. The average preschooler normally catches 8-10 colds or viruses during the year, occurring most during the winter months. Most will pass and are not dangerous. Here are some tips for keeping your child healthy
- Prevention is best! Preschoolers see the pediatrician every 6 months until age 3 and then yearly. These visits are not just for shots but are an important time to screen for subtle developmental problems and a great opportunity for you to learn more about your preschooler.
- Wash your child’s hands often, especially before mealtimes and after he/she uses the bathroom. This is a great way to help prevent the spread of colds and viruses. Also keep the toys clean.
- Remember that fever is the body’s normal response to illness and actually HELPS your child get better. It is not dangerous. We treat fever because it can make the child feel uncomfortable. Use Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) according to the instructions in our Acute Illness Guide. Never use aspirin in children.
- Brush your child’s teeth twice a day. Use a small smear of fluoridated toothpaste and provide assistance to ensure all teeth are brushed. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a first dental screening at age 3 years but many pediatric dentists will see your child as early as age 1.