Your child's health checks - Up until 6 months
As your baby grows, regular check-ups will let you know if your baby is developing and growing at a healthy pace.
You go to your GP's surgery for a check-up 2 weeks after the birth to see how your baby is developing.
Your GP or the GP practice nurse will talk about you and your baby’s wellbeing. They should discuss your birth experience and how you are doing.
The GP or GP practice nurse will undress and weigh your baby. They may ask how your baby is feeding and how alert they are. They may discuss vaccines and schedule them for future dates.
They will ask how you are feeling. Tell them about any concerns you have.
Make an appointment with your GP for the 6 week check. Both your health and your baby's health is checked during the same appointment. The mother's check is called the postnatal check-up.
This appointment is for you and your baby. Your GP will do it.
Your health check is the postnatal check-up. Your baby's check is called the 6 week check. These take place during the same appointment.
If you had private antenatal care, your postnatal check-up will be done in the maternity hospital by your consultant.
Your GP will ask how you and your baby are getting on and whether you have any concerns about your baby. Feel free to bring up anything about your baby and their care with the GP.
They will examine your baby and check on their hips, heart and eyes. They will ask if your baby has had their 'heel prick' and their hearing test.
If you were told during the examination in hospital that your baby needed a hip ultrasound you should have got an appointment by six weeks. If you haven’t, tell your GP.
If you have a baby boy, the GP will examine the baby's testicles to see if they are in the right place. If your GP can’t feel both of your baby boy’s testicles then they will need to check again at 6 months of age. Your GP may do this or they may refer you to a clinic to have it done. It is important this check happens.
If your GP cannot feel both testicles, they will arrange for an urgent appointment for your baby with a paediatrician (a doctor who specialises in children's health).
Your GP will give you advice on feeding, weaning, keeping your baby safe and vaccines.
Go to your GP or GP practice nurse for your baby's first visit for vaccines. You will be posted a letter about your child's vaccination schedule.
The public health nurse will organise a 3 month developmental assessment for your baby. This will take place in your home or in the health centre.
Check with your public health nurse (PHN) about 'well baby' clinics and if there is one near you. You can have your baby weighed and discuss their progress at these clinics.
During this visit your PHN will examine your baby, including weighing and measuring them, and looking at how they are developing.
The PHN will talk to you about feeding your baby and give you advice about weaning. They will also talk to you about child safety and give you a copy of the child safety wall chart and check-list.
The PHN will also ask you about your health and any issues you may have or wish to discuss.
At 4 months
Go to your GP or GP practice nurse for your baby’s second visit for vaccines.