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Your Child At 4 Years 8 Months

At this age, your child is expressing his emotions over his explorations. Through his gestures, paintings, and conversations, he will express his feelings. Your child wants to have friends along with pleasing people around him. Self-control, confidence, and following instructions are noticeable traits at this age.

Weight and height
Weight and height of your little one indicate the progress in their health. Gigantism and Growth disorder can lead to severe issues. Make sure you consult a pediatrician to manage the weight and height.
• If your child is a girl, the average weight and height should be 37.5 lb and 42 (105.0 cm) respectively.
• If your child is a boy, the average weight and height should be 38.5 lb and 42.5″ (107.2 cm).

Development milestones
Certain milestones for your children should be achieved by this age to ensure health. Here are some of the considerable milestones for your little one.
• Language and cognitive milestones
The language and cognitive skills include carrying out a proper conversation to improve the vocabulary. Your child should be able to answer simple logical questions along with expressing curiosity and interest. Speaking complex sentences, counting number, naming colors, and recognizing letters are certain milestones for this age.
• Physical milestones
The physical milestone for this age includes indulging in various games that involve movement. Your child should be running, climbing, kicking and throwing balls, and swinging. The movement milestones also include the ability to dress up, using a spoon while eating, and drawing shapes.
• Social and emotional milestones
Your child will be able to grow out of his self-centered phase. Your child will understand basic emotions, social activeness, and self-control. The milestones for this age include doing activities in a group, share and take turns, understands certain rules, and become more independent.

Health and nutrition
• Offer a range of food such as fresh fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, lean protein, and whole grain wheat.
• Offer regular meal after an interval of time and sit with your child.
• Don’t expect your child to clean the plate.
• Limit sugary food, processed diet, and junk consumption.

Tips for parents
Here are some of the tips to ensure the proper growth of your child at this stage:
• Make sure your child plays in this preschooler phase. Whether it is mud or toys, make sure your child learns something new.
• Make sure your child is involved in healthy and beneficial activities such as drawing, painting, musical instrument playing, and performing arts.
• This is the right age for learning and improving reading skills. Your child should be able to tell stories, sing songs, and recite rhymes that will enhance his thinking skills.
• Make sure you boost your child’s confidence through participating in certain healthy activities.

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