Child Health Clinics
- Public service
Our telephone hours are Monday–Thursday 12–12.45 pm!
Child health clinics follow up with the growth and development of children under preschool age. Our goal is to promote the well being of both children and families, support the parents, prevent diseases and to detect possible problems already at an early stage.
The child’s growth and development are followed up at regular check-ups. When necessary, extra visits are booked as an appointment at the clinic, or the family is encouraged to visit the walk-in child health clinic.
You will find more information about vaccinations and visits at the child health clinics in the brochure. Both parents are welcome to participate in all follow-up visits. Nevertheless, it is especially appreciated if both parents take part in the so called comprehensive health examinations. In these more comprehensive health examinations, we strive to consider the entire family’s well being and potential needs for support.
Prior to the Check up
Please fill in the appropriate forms prior to the following visits at the child health care clinic:
Prior to check up at 4 months:
- Everyday resources in a baby’s family
Prior to check up at 17 months (1.5 years):
- Questionnaire for parents of seventeen month old children
- Everyday resources in a toddler’s family
Prior to check up at 4 years:
- Questionnaire for parents of four year old children
Do the following
Families are appointed a public health nurse according to the family’s home address (see the enclosed list). You may call your own public health nurse during telephone hours, Monday–Thursday 12–12.45 p.m. If you are unable to make a call during the telephone hours, please make an appointment online.
Check-ups for children between 1 and 3 years can be booked online. Please make sure to make the appointment under the child’s name. NOTE: Medical check-ups for 1.5-year-olds are booked by contacting your own public health nurse.
If you wish to cancel your appointment, call the public health nurse during the telephone hours, or send a text message to the maternity clinics’ joint service number. Make sure to include the client’s name and date of birth in your message.
Maternity clinics also provide you with helpful tips about websites you should visit.
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.