** Due to COVID-19, some child developmental checks have been postponed or are only taking place in clinics. If you have any questions or concerns, call your local Public Health Nurse. **
Child Health Developmental Checks
WHAT ARE CHILD HEALTH DEVELOPMENTAL CHECKS?
Your child will have regular visits with your Public Health Nurse from the time they are born until they are 4 years old. The nurse will check to see if your child is growing properly and is able to do things that children of the same age are able to do.
At each developmental check, the Public Health Nurse will do a physical examination of your child. They will also check things like your child’s eyesight and hearing and how they move.
It’s important to remember that every child grows and develops at a different speed. The Public Health Nurse will be looking for any problems that may need to be treated.
These visits are a chance for you to ask any questions you might have.
Your child will have 5 developmental checks between the time they are born until they are 4 years old. Developmental checks will usually be scheduled for when your child is:
- 1 week old (usually a few days after discharge from the maternity hospital/community midwives)
- 3 months old
- 9-11 months old
- 21-24 months old
- 46-48 months old