Bright Futures Parent Handout: 5 and 6 Year Visits

Print, Share, or View Spanish version of this article

Here are some suggestions from Bright Futures experts that may be of value to your family

Oral Health

Healthy Teeth

  • Help your child brush his teeth twice a day.

    • After breakfast

    • Before bed

  • Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste with fluoride.

  • Help your child floss her teeth once a day.

  • Your child should visit the dentist at least twice a year.

School Readiness

Ready for School

  • Take your child to see the school and meet the teacher.

  • Read books with your child about starting school.

  • Talk to your child about school.

  • Make sure your child is in a safe place after school with an adult.

  • Talk with your child every day about things he liked, any worries, and if anyone is being mean to him.

  • Talk to us about your concerns.

Mental Health

Your Child and Family

  • Give your child chores to do and expect them to be done.

  • Have family routines.

  • Hug and praise your child.

  • Teach your child what is right and what is wrong.

  • Help your child to do things for herself.

  • Children learn better from discipline than they do from punishment.

  • Help your child deal with anger.

    • Teach your child to walk away when angry or go somewhere else to play.

Nutrition and Physical Activity

Staying Healthy

  • Eat breakfast.

  • Buy fat-free milk and low-fat dairy foods, and encourage 3 servings each day.

  • Limit candy, soft drinks, and high-fat foods.

  • Offer 5 servings of vegetables and fruits at meals and for snacks every day.

  • Limit TV time to 2 hours a day.

  • Do not have a TV in your child's bedroom.

  • Make sure your child is active for 1 hour or more daily.



  • Your child should always ride in the back seat and use a car safety seat or booster seat.

  • Teach your child to swim.

  • Watch your child around water.

  • Use sunscreen when outside.

  • Provide a good-fitting helmet and safety gear for biking, skating, in-line skating, skiing, snowboarding, and horseback riding.

  • Have a working smoke alarm on each floor of your house and a fire escape plan.

  • Install a carbon monoxide detector in a hallway near every sleeping area.

  • Never have a gun in the home. If you must have a gun, store it unloaded and locked with the ammunition locked separately from the gun.

  • Ask if there are guns in homes where your child plays. If so, make sure they are stored safely.

  • Teach your child how to cross the street safely. Children are not ready to cross the street alone until age 10 or older.

  • Teach your child about bus safety.

  • Teach your child about how to be safe with other adults.

    • No one should ask for a secret to be kept from parents.

    • No one should ask to see private parts.

    • No adult should ask for help with his private parts.

© 2010 American Academy of Pediatrics
Denver Pediatrics

What Our Patients Say:

This is the place to go. My daughter has a serious medical condition that has been diagnosed for the last year. We work with Children's on an regular basis but Norkio has been our life saver. Norkio advocate for my daughter with many different department at children's, oxygen companies, OT and PT's and is always happy to do so. Amy Nash is always there to fight the fight if Noriko is not. After sending us to the ER one Friday afternoon Danny called to check on us, not just on Friday but on Saturday and Sunday as well! I have never heard of a provider doing that. Countless times I have run in with my daughter having oxygen problems and been terrified, but the team at Stapleton Peds always eases my fears and takes remarkable care of my children. Rashima at the front desk is wonderful and just hearing her voice eases the panic. I just want to name everyone and mention something special about them but there are just too many special things about this practice. Katie M Nov 29,2016

Stapleton Office

2975 Roslyn Street
Suite 100
Denver, CO 80238

FAX: 303-399-7999

MONDAY-FRIDAY: 8am to 5pm
SATURDAY: 8am to 12:30pm

  • Sick Visits only on Saturdays
  • Our Denver pediatrics office is closed every day from 12:30-1:30 for lunch
  • We are closed on major holidays
Mother and kids with giraffe at zoo

Pearl Street Office

1258 South Pearl Street
Suite 110
Denver, CO 80210

FAX: 303-399-7905

MONDAY-FRIDAY: 8am to 5pm 

  • Saturday sick appts seen at Stapleton Pediatrics office only
  • Our office is closed every day from 12:30-1:30 for lunch
  • We are closed on major holidays
Back to top