Health Visitor - Parent Information
Health visitors are nurses or midwives who are passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles and preventing illness. They work with families to give pre-school-age children the best possible start in life.
Your health visitor is a specialist, there to help you tackle any concerns and questions that you have about your baby or pre-school child, and how to deal with a variety of situations that you may not necessarily feel equipped for.
Breastfeeding lowers your risk of getting breast and ovarian cancer, saves loads of money and can help to build a strong bond between you and your baby.
When a baby is born, he or she is entitled to a range of routine health checks and tests in the first six weeks. These include a physical examination, a hearing test and a blood test (taken from the baby's heel)
This section of the site looks at the typical development that most children experience. Click on the age of your child and do the assessment yourself!
The UK Baby Friendly Initiative is linked to UNICEF and the World Health Organization. It is designed to support breastfeeding and parent infant relationships. Includes leaflets (in all languages) on breast and bottle feeding, weaning and "building a happy baby"