Babies are checked periodically during their first year of life by the GP at the parents’ request. The midwife will check the initial days up until about 4-6 weeks after child birth to make sure things are going well, after which the Plunket nurse will take over the care for the preschool years. The Plunket nurse will liaise with the GP or the health centre nurse as deemed appropriate. Babies are weighed and measured and reviewed with the parent to make sure that they are arriving at the various developmental and growth milestones.
These checks are intended to check the infants physical and emotional growth , address issues like difficulties with breastfeeding or sleep for example, to discuss immunisations and to check whether parents are having enough support and sleep.Leave a reply