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Health visiting appointments

Antenatal contact

As well as your appointments with your midwife, a health visitor will contact you during your pregnancy (between 28-36 weeks) and will usually visit you at home. Your health visitor will discuss some of the following information with you:

  • Introduce Health Visiting service
  • Bonding with your baby
  • Your babies brain development
  • Mental health and your feelings/emotions
  • Feeding your baby
  • Preparing for the arrival of your baby
  • Healthy Start Programme’ and your eligibility
  • Your physical health
  • Parental relationships
  • Promotion of immunisation programme
  • Preparing for parenthood

 

New birth review

When your baby is between 10 and 21 days old your health visitor will see you in clinic or at home.

This contact will include:

  • Discussion about your labour and birth
  • Advice and support with feeding your baby
  • Coping with a new baby
  • Safety and your baby to include reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (embed http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Sudden-infant-death-syndrome/Pages/Introduction.aspx)
  • Mental health and your feelings/emotions
  • Observation of baby to include weight and head circumference
  • Your babies brain development
  • Immunisation programme

 

Six to ten week review

You will discuss:

  • Parenting support to include crying, sleeping, feeding and safety
  • Development review of your baby
  • Immunisation programme
  • Information on local services
  • Your feelings and emotions, including adjusting to parenthood

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Three year review

The three year review will involve a community nursery nurse, parents, child and if your child spends time in a nursery, pre-school, or with a child minder, they will also be involved.

You will be given a questionnaire to complete to help assess your child’s development prior to the review. The review will include:

  • Discussions in regards to any concerns you may have with your child
  • Review of your child’s health and development
  • Review and promotion of your child’s language development
  • Guidance on managing your child’s behaviour
  • Advice on healthy eating and physical activity
  • Promotion of immunisations
  • Advice and support with dental carelooking after your children’s teeth, accident prevention, sleeping and potty training.
  • Information on early years education
  • Your child will be weighed and measured.

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