Having a newborn baby is a very exciting time for families. Following the birth of your baby there are many new things parents need to adjust to, which include different sleeping patterns, regular feeding, baby health checks, immunisations, teething, crawling, walking, the list goes on.
Being new parents can at times seem overwhelming. To support parents through their child’s journey are our Child and Family Health Nurses, who can assist you in many ways following the birth of your child to their fifth birthday.
All our nurses are Registered Nurses with additional qualifications in Child and Family Health Nursing.
Newborn home visits and clinic visits
Child and Family Health Nursing Service offers a home visit following the birth of your baby. Nurses will attend to you baby's 1-4 week check (see the My Personal Health Record blue book), provide health related information and suggest resources and referral if required.
At the 1-4 week check, your nurse will assess:
- Head circumference
- Fontanelles (soft spots on your baby's head)
- Femoral pulses
- Hip test for dislocation
- Testes (fully descended)
- Anal region
The nurse will also discuss with you any concerns you may have about your baby's health, their sleeping, feeding and how you as parents are going.
Following your visit at home we welcome you to make a follow up appointment at our clinics.
Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting your child against harmful diseases before they come into contact with them. By vaccinating your child you're protecting your child as well as the broader community. The more people who are vaccinated (adults included), provides a greater ability to control serious vaccine preventable diseases.
Child and Family Health Nurses provide free immunisation clinics to children from 6 weeks to less than 5 years and are held in several locations within the Newcastle/Lake Macquarie areas. You will need to call and book prior to attending a clinic.
Additional information about immunising your child:
- NSW Immunisation schedule
- How are vaccines shown to be safe?
- What is in vaccines?
- Following vaccination - what to expect and what to do
- Vaccination and autism - how we know vaccination does not cause autism
Growth and development
From birth to five years, each child should reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act and move.
The Personal Health Record (Blue Book) is given to all parents in NSW after the birth of a child. Child and Family Health Nurses are able to provide health checks from birth to five years of age, following the development stages outline in your child's Personal Health Record.
When your child reaches pre-school they will be offered a StEPS vision screening for 4-5 year olds.
Further information for you about children’s development and screening in NSW:
Audiometry clinics (hearing checks) are conducted by an Audiometry Nurse for children aged from 3.5 years to 18 years (still at school), if there are hearing concerns.
To access a clinic, an audiometry referral is accepted from medical professionals, speech therapists (within the LGA), child and family health nurses, schools/preschools, other health professionals. A GP referral is required for all out of area clients.
The service provides a full audiometry assessment, which includes:
- Pure tone audiometry in a sound booth, which includes air and bone conduction and if required air and bone masking.
To learn more about the importance of keeping your child's nose and lungs clear, take a look at the Blow, Breathe, Cough, Wash and Chew for Healthy Ears information sheet.
Information on hearing testing and hearing loss
- Can your child hear?
- Ear problems in children
- Glue ear and grommets
- Hearing loss in one ear: babies and pre-school children
- Otitis media (middle ear infection)
- Unilateral (single sided) hearing loss: The school child
Hearing clinic locations
- Raymond Terrace
My Personal Health Record: Blue Book
All parents receive a copy of the 'My Personal Health Record (Blue Book)' following the birth of their child.
The Blue Book (available in 18 languages) is used for record keeping and as a guide for your child's health, development, growth, illnesses, injuries and immunisations. The health checks detailed in your child's Blue Book are very important, they help you as a parent and health professionals track the development of your child and pick up any concerns early.
If your child's Blue Book has been lost or damaged, you can purchase another copy for $10 from the Better Health Centre.
Better Health Centre
Ph: (02) 9887 5450
Download the My Personal Health Record (Blue Book)
- My Personal Health Record - English
- My Personal Health Record - Arabic
- My Personal Health Record - Burmese
- My Personal Health Record - Chinese Simplified
- My Personal Health Record - Chinese Traditional
- My Personal Health Record - Dinka
- My Personal Health Record - Dari
- My Personal Health Record - Farsi
- My Personal Health Record - Hindi
- My Personal Health Record - Indonesian
- My Personal Health Record - Khmer
- My Personal Health Record - Korean
- My Personal Health Record - Lao
- My Personal Health Record - Nepali
- My Personal Health Record - Somali
- My Personal Health Record - Tamil
- My Personal Health Record - Thai
- My Personal Health Record - Turkish
- My Personal Health Record - Vietnamese
Look Who’s Talking: The first six weeks of life
How often might you come in contact with your Child and Family Health Nurse over the first six weeks of your child's life?
Join Harry and his mum Jenny as they take you through their regular visits to and from the Child and Family Health Nurses, to ensure Harry and his mum are receiving the care and checks they need.