Child health clinic services
- Public service
The purpose of child health clinic work is to secure the best possible health of every child and support parenting and the relationship so that the child can have the best possible conditions for growth and healthy development.
Scheduled check-up programme by the child health clinic
Child health clinic work is carried out by a public health nurse and a doctor in co-operation with other specialists.
The numbers of appointments and home visits varies based on the child’s and family’s individual needs and wishes. You can book an appointment through the electronic service or the centralised telephone service at your own clinic.
Extended health check-ups
The extended health check-ups focus on the health and well-being of the entire family. Extended health check-ups include check-ups carried out by both a public health nurse and a doctor. The child health clinic offers three extended health check-ups: when the child is 4 months old, 18 months old and 4 years old. Both parents are invited to take part in the check-up. The parents are requested to prepare for the extended health check-up by thinking about their living habits, use of intoxicants and everyday resources in advance at home. During the visit, the parents can bring up matters that are important to them.
When the child is 4 months old
Form: Resources of everyday life in families with infants
When the child is 18 months old
Form: Resources of everyday life in families with toddlers
When the child is 4 years old
The child’s oral health check-ups take place when the child is 1, 3 and 5 years old, at an appointment with either a dental assistant or a dental hygienist. A public health nurse will review the child’s oral health during the child’s 2-year-old check-up.
To whom and on what terms
The service is only for citizens of Helsinki.
Children under school-age are entitled to use the child welfare clinic services. During a baby's first year, the clinic is usually visited once a month, and after this, once a year or as required. All children receive at least 15 health checks.
The child welfare clinic monitors the child’s health, growth and development. The child welfare clinic supports both parents in bringing up the child and looking after the child’s health and well-being. At the clinic, children receive vaccinations according to the national vaccination programme. A child's oral health is monitored at least every two years.
The child welfare clinic aims to identify as early as possible what level of support the child and their family require. The child and the family will be offered other support they may need, for example, early childhood education, social and substance abuse services or child protection. If a child or a family needs special support, or the child's development requires additional research or treatment, the child welfare clinic directs them to the right service.