Health examinations at the BVC

First BVC Healthcare Visit, 0–14 Days of Age

Första hälsobesöket på BVC vid 0-14 dagar - engelskaThe content concerns Västra Götaland

Once your child is born, contact the child health care centre (BVC) that you have chosen for your child. The first BVC appointment normally takes place one to two weeks after the child has left the hospital.

A nurse from BVC will come to your home. During the visit, you will be given the opportunity to talk about your child and your role as a parent. Perhaps you want to talk about the delivery of your child, breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, and how the family is doing. The nurse will provide you with more information about the BVC and read through the information provided by the hospital, if such documentation is available. The child will be examined, weighed and the head is measured. The home visit is an opportunity for you to get to know the nurse, ask questions, and receive information. Every parent is an important element in their child’s health and development.

You will receive information about how to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome and why small children should always sleep on their backs. When awake, they need to spend some time in the prone position.

You will discuss comforting small children and the risks associated with shaking a baby. The nurse will give you vitamin D, which the child needs after it turns 1 week old.

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