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In general, the average child between the ages of 2 and 5 years gains 4 to 5 pounds a year and grows 2 ½ inches a year. 

Your child needs to eat well-balanced meals and snacks every day to grow healthy and strong. You can teach your child to develop good eating habits by making good choices.

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Source: Allina Health's Patient Education, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5, sixth edition, ped-ah-91554
First Published: 02/01/2010
Last Reviewed: 11/16/2022