Child health clinics
The objective of child health clinics is to secure the child’s health and support the parents to ensure that the child has good conditions for healthy growth, development and well-being. A child health clinic monitors and examines the child's growth and development and discusses the family’s health habits and any questions the family may have. Child health clinics provide vaccinations in accordance with the national vaccination programme.
Please do not bring a feverish and sick child to the clinic, since viral infections can easily spread.
The objective of child health services is to support parenthood and families. You can make an appointment and communicate with a nurse at a child health clinic though the electronic services. However, there are a few exceptions to this. For the time being, the following cannot be booked online: first appointment with a maternity clinic, a home visit and check-up after the birth, and the check-ups at the child health clinic at the ages of 4–6 weeks, 4 months, 8 months and 18 months. Appointments for these can be made via the clinic’s phone service:
(09) 310 55530, Mon-Fri from 8 to 14.
Oral health check-ups for children
A public health nurse will assess the child’s oral health during child health check-ups both when the child is six months and two years old. Regular oral health check-ups for children should be carried out for children of 1, 3 and 5 years old, by a dental nurse or oral hygienist. You will be sent a reminder to book an oral health check-up when your child is 1, 3 and 5 years old. You will need to book the appointment yourself.
The first dental care appointment should always be made by calling 09 310 51400, Mon–Fri from 8 to 15. The only exception to this is the oral health check-up for 1–3-year-olds, which can be booked online after the parents have received a letter prompting them to make an appointment.
Open maternity and child health clinics
You can visit the open maternity and child health clinic without an appointment.
Appointments with a nurse or doctor according to the child’s age
|Visit||The child’s age|
|5. extended health check-up||4 months|
|10. extended health check-up||18 months|
|13. extended health check-up||4 years|
|Visit||The child’s age|
|2. extended health check-up||4 months|
|4. extended health check-up||18 months|
|5. extended health check-up||4 years|
The child health clinics, if necessary, will direct you to other services that require a referral. The services are listed below.
Physiotherapy promotes the motional and functional abilities of people. Physiotherapy is carried out individually or in groups and at the patient's home, if necessary.
Occupational therapy services
Occupational therapy is a goal-oriented form of rehabilitation, in which the therapist helps the client plan their daily routines to promote rehabilitation.
Speech therapy for children
Children and young people between the ages of 0 and 16 are examined and rehabilitated in children's speech therapy, if they have or are suspected of having problems in language and/or speech development.
You can visit a nutritional therapist with a referral, if you are in need of help from a nutritional expert.
Psychologist services by the maternity clinic
The purpose of work by a maternity clinic psychologist is to support parenthood and the child's development and to observe any potential problems with the child or the family at as early a stage as possible and to organise the necessary support, together with other operators.