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How to get in touch with a health visitor

Your health visitor will contact you several times after your baby is born. You can also:

  • find your health visiting team contact in your Red Book.
  • call the health visiting service on 0300 123 7572 to get advice over the phone or arrange an appointment.
  • visit a walk-in baby clinic event at your local family centre. No appointment is necessary.

 

What health visitors can help with

Whether it's at a home visit, over the phone or at a baby clinic, our health visitors can offer advice on:

  • post-natal depression
  • emotional support
  • your child’s growth and development
  • feeding your baby, including breast feeding and introducing solids.
  • healthy eating and exercise
  • staying safe and preventing accidents
  • behaviour difficulties (including sleeping, eating, potty training and teething)
  • immunisations
  • some medication prescriptions
  • common infections and skin problems in childhood
  • support for children with special educational needs and disabilities
  • domestic abuse.


There's self-help information available online too.

 

Your health visitor will contact you...

  • at 28-34 weeks pregnant (only in some areas of Hertfordshire).
  • at 4–7 days old, they will usually contact you.
  • at 10–14 days old, they'll visit you at home. This is called a new birth visit. At this point, your health visitor takes over from your midwife.
  • at 6-8 weeks old
  • at 1 year old
  • at 2 years old

Find out more about these baby reviews, including what happens at each review, what tests they'll carry out and what they'll talk to you about.

 

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