From birth onwards, your child will have the health development checks/reviews at the following ages. Do note that the schedule may vary slightly from one place to another:
- Birth Screening
- 6-8 weeks
- 8 months
- 18-21 months
- 3-3.5 years
- 4.5-5.5 years
The health checks on your child may be carried out by the health visitor, doctor or both. Most surgeries have special child clinics on certain days when a health visitor is present.
These developmental reviews or health checks are an
excellent opportunity for you to discuss any of your
concerns regarding your child's development with the doctor
or the health visitor. Even if you think your child is
doing fine and putting on weight sensibly, it is highly
recommended that you attend these reviews when invited to
do so. Apart from the weight and height, a variety of other
skills are tested so that if there is a problem, it can be
identified and attended to as early as possible.
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Yes. Till the time your baby is two months old, you will be asked to come to the baby health clinic (either at your surgery on certain days or in special clinics) to get the baby weighed every week. After that you may go every other week and then once the baby's routine is established and she is putting on weight satisfactorily, you may wish to go the clinic not less than once a month. Once your baby crosses the one year mark, your health visitor will advise you on the number of weight checks required. Please remember that these sessions are by no means written in stone. If your baby has not been feeding well and you are concerned about her weight, do visit the health visitor or the doctor.