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Your 5-year-old now
Many experts are wary of diagnosing learning disabilities in children 5 and under because kids learn and develop at such different rates. But if you see your child struggling with pronunciations or learning the alphabet or numbers, listen to your gut. You know your child.
While the chances are good that he's within the range of normal for his age, don't hesitate to talk to his teacher or doctor about your concerns.
A learning disability is not synonymous with low IQ. It just means a child's brain doesn't process information the way most people's do. He may find it difficult to understand certain concepts or express himself.
For more details, read our article on the early warning signs of a learning disability.
Your life now
It's not too early to teach your child some basic lessons about medication. Don't let him see you taking your pills, which might inspire copycat behavior. Store vitamins out of reach in child-safe containers. Never let your child "try" a sibling's medicine (the pretty pink color or sweet taste may make it tempting). Explain that medicine can't ever be shared. "It's only for the person the doctor says needs it, and someone else who takes the medicine could get very, very sick or even die."
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