Child health clinics
- 10 municipalities
- Public service
Central tasks at the child health clinics are to check a child's health, growth and overall development and to check and support the well-being in the family. The work is based on identifying a child's and a family's individual needs and supporting their resources. Attention is paid to the relationship between the parents and to parenthood. The care of a child and the child's family is transferred toa child health clinic when the child is 2-3 weeks old.
The family visits their child health clinic regularly according to a program for check-ups and based on the child's or the family's individual needs. In addition to a public-health nurse and a doctor, experts from other fields are utilised.
The vaccinations that are according to the national vaccination programme are given at the child health clinic.
Do the following
Appointments need to be booked to the child health clinic. Appointments for 2-6-year-old children may also be booked online.
Please get into contact with the child health clinics through the central telephone service of the child health clinics.
To whom and on what terms
The service is free of charge.
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.