Just before, or after your child is born, you’ll be given a Child Health Record booklet. Depending on the state you live in, this will be a different colour. For instance, in NSW, this book is blue. And it’s a great way to keep track of your child’s health and development. You can also share the book with your GP and other healthcare professionals.
When you visit our clinic, this book will be used to write down your child’s weight, measurements, vaccinations and more. You can also add your own information including, any recent illnesses and accidents or any medicines your child takes. Remember to bring your book with you when your child has a check up or scheduled vaccination. It’s also key to have the book with you at a hospital emergency.
During the first few years of your baby’s life (generally up until the age of four), your paediatric nurse or GP will ask how your child is developing as well as discuss any concerns or issues you may have. If your baby was premature, their developmental age will be calculated from the original due date you were given, not from the date they were born.
From the ages of one month through to 13 months, your baby will be weighed regularly especially during routine vaccinations. So if there’s any concern about weight, your baby may be weighed more often.
Once your child is ready to school, we recommend another health assessment with us. Also, you should book your child in for a dental check-up prior to starting school. A healthcheck before your child starts high school is also recommended. As part of this assessment, your child’s eyes, vision and hearing will be assessed.
Ultimately, regular health checks help monitor how your child is growing. It’s also a good way to pick up any conditions that can be treated early. Your family health nurse or GP will also check your child’s hearing and vision as well as, height, weight and head circumference growth. Remember, we’re always happy to discuss the results with you.