Health and Safety 3 Years

 

Car Safety

  • Switch to a belt-positioning booster seat when your child reaches the weight or height limit for his/her car safety seat, when their shoulders are above the top harness slots, or their ears come to the top of the car safety seat.
  • Never leave your child alone in the car, house, or yard.

Media

  • Limit TV, video and video game time to no more than 1-2 hours each day.
  • Keep your child from viewing shows and ads that may make him/her want things that are not healthy.
  • Apart from sleeping, children should not be inactive for longer than 1 hour at a time.
  • Be sure your child is active at home and preschool or childcare.

Healthy Teeth

  • Continue tooth brushing with fluorinated toothpaste morning and bedtime.
  • Take your child to the dentist. 

Playground Safety

  • Allow time in our child’s day for free play
  • On the playground, check places your child plays for:

- Sharp points, corners or edges, splintered wood or hot metals (such as slides).

- Openings that might trap a child’s hands and feet, and loose cables, wires and ropes that may trip your child.

- Equipment that is not securely anchored to the ground, including handrails, ladders and steps.

Stranger Safety

  • Continue to reinforce rules about strangers.

 Be Prepared

  • Teach your child his/her name, address and phone number. Keep an index card with this information in their backpack in a plastic ziplock, where your child would remember in case of an emergency.

 Other Ways to Keep your Child Healthy and Safe

  • Do not let young brothers and sisters watch over your child.
  • Your child is too young to cross the street alone.
  • Supervise play near streets and driveways.
  • Offer your child opportunities to regularly play with other children.

Many of these suggestions come from the American Academy of Pediatrics 
Bright Futures Recommendations.

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