Infants and children should visit the doctor or community health nurse regularly for check-ups.
At each check-up, you should bring along your child’s Personal Health Record, in which important weight, height and head circumference measurements can be noted and compared to average growth rates. Personal Health Records can also be used to record any concerns that parents may wish to discuss with health workers.
These visits are independent of illness. This means that even if your child is healthy, they should attend each of these visits. Similarly, if your child is unwell or you have any concerns that you would like to discuss with a health professional outside of these visit times, please make an appointment to see your doctor.
The ages at which children should see a doctor or nurse, the type of tests they will perform, and the types of information they will be interested in, are outlined below. Your doctor or health nurse may recommend more frequent health check-ups depending on your child’s developmental progress.
Book an appointment with a GP at Westridge Medical for a Baby or Child Health Check.
Doctors will examine your baby’s birth weight, length and head circumference. Neonatal screening tests will be used to check for serious health problems.
Hepatitis B immunisation is usually administered shortly after birth.
General enquiries about the pregnancy, labour and the baby’s first few days will usually be made before leaving hospital.
It is important that your child still has regular health checks to ensure their optimum health, these checks include the following tests:
All children should have a health check before they start school to check on their general health and wellbeing. This health check is generally carried out from the age of three and will include:
As your children reach the teen years they’ll need to start having more regular check ups. These check ups include the following: