Health checks for babies

Shortly before or after your baby is born, you’ll be given a Child Health Record booklet. The book will be a different colour in different states. This is a way of keeping track of your child’s progress.

Wherever you are and whatever happens to your child, you’ll have a record of their health and progress which can be shared with health professionals. The book is sometimes called the “blue book” or “red book” or whatever colour the Child Health Record is in your state.

When you visit a clinic, your doctor or a hospital, your baby’s healthcare professional will use the book to record your child’s weight and other measurements, vaccinations and other important health information.

You can also add information yourself. It’s a good idea to record any illnesses or accidents and details of any medicines your child takes. Don’t forget to take the book with you when you take your child for a review or vaccination. Also try to bring it if you have to go to hospital emergency or a general practitioner.

Your baby’s general development

During your child’s development reviews, your child health nurse or GP will ask you how your child is going and about any concerns you may have. If your baby was born prematurely, their developmental age will be calculated from your original due date, not from the actual date they were born.

Your baby will usually be weighed regularly especially in the first year of life and at the time of routine vaccinations. If there’s any concern about your baby’s weight, they may be weighed more often.

After the birth

Maternity services will support you with breastfeeding, caring for your new baby and adjusting to life as a parent.

Your baby will be examined by a doctor and given a number of tests, including a hearing test. Routine vitamin K and hepatitis B vaccinations are recommended.

Between 1 to 4 weeks

Assessment will be done by child and family health nurse, midwife, doctor or paediatrician. They’ll advise you on feeding your baby, becoming a parent and how to help your baby grow up healthily.

Child health centres also offer home visits. The child and family health nurse will ask you to choose where you would like to have your first appointment. Many families like the nurse to visit them at home for their first appointment — it can be difficult to get out of the house when you have a new baby.

Between 6 and 8 weeks

Your baby will have several tests and a full physical examination by a doctor or paediatrician.

Health checks are used to monitor how your child is growing and to check whether certain conditions are present so they can be treated. Your child and family health nurse or doctor will check or discuss your child’s hearing, vision, development, height, weight and head circumference growth, and will be happy to discuss the results with you.

At 4 months

Your baby will be given their scheduled vaccinations. This is also an opportunity for you to raise any concerns you may have and to ask for any information you need.

If you have any worries at any other times, would like to know more about your or your baby’s health or have your baby weighed, contact your GP or go to a local child health clinic.

Between 6 to 9 months

Assessment will be done by a child and family health nurse, midwife, doctor or paediatrician.

They’ll check the baby’s weight and growth, hearing, vision and oral health. This visit focuses on family health and wellbeing, poisons information, how you can prevent your baby from being injured, being sun smart, improving communication, language and play.

About Us

Maternity Leave Coach provides free, non-judgemental emotional support and reassurance. We provide guidance on children’s growth, behaviour and development and are able to refer parents to local services. Our maternal child health nurses work with parents to ensure the health and wellbeing of their children and family.

Contact Details

Northwest Garage, Columbus, OH 43210, USA.

Phone Number: (614) 688-8728