Child Growth and Development


Child Development

The early years of a child’s life are very important for their health and development. Healthy development means that children of all abilities, including those with special health care needs, are able to make the best of their life and contribute to others lives as well.

When your baby is born you will be given a ‘Red Book’ this is the ‘Personal Child Health Record’. There is lots of information in here for you and we would like you to record important health facts in here for your baby. Please take it with you everywhere so if your baby is poorly you have up to date information on your baby for the health professional you see. It will also mean when your baby is grown up they have a record of all their health appointments and immunisations.

The Red Book is available in lots of languages please ask for your own language and we will try our best to get this for you

Whenever you meet with a member of the health visitor team they will be checking that your child is doing the things we would expect for their age but as parents or carers we see you as the experts of your own child. If you have ever any concerns please contact your health visitor at your local well baby clinic.

During the first few years parents or carers will be invited to see a member of the health visiting team to check that your baby is meeting their developmental milestones, we call these core contacts. There are four core contacts, 10 to 14 days after your baby is born, when baby is between 6 to 8 weeks old, 9 to 12 months old and at 2 ½ years old. From 9 to 12 months to help you and the health visitor team know your baby is doing what we expect we use a tool called ‘The Ages and Stages Questionnaire’, this is normally sent to you to complete before your health visitor team appointment and is very easy to fill in but if you need some help please ask.

All children are different and develop at their own pace but your love and attention is their best encouragement.

If there are any concerns for your babies development your health visitor will explain to you so you and the health visitor can decide the best plan to help your child.

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