During the visits, you will talk about your child, what your child enjoys doing, and their development. You may also talk about being a parent, family life, what your child eats, and child safety. You will also follow up on previous discussions. Your child will be examined, weighed, and measured.
When your child is between 3 and 5 months old, the parent who did not give birth to the child will be invited to a meeting with the nurse at BVC. The meeting will be about your child, being a parent, the family, and your own health. Additional support is available if needed. This may include meetings or other support which the nurse can provide or provide contact information for.
When the child turns 3 months old, you will be offered the second dose of a vaccine against the rotavirus. The vaccine is given orally. Vaccinations against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, haemophilus influenzae type b, hepatitis b, and pneumococcus are offered when the child is 3 and 5 months old. The child is given two injections, one in each leg, on every vaccination occasion. These are sometimes given at the same time. It is preferable that your child has eaten and is satisfied prior to the vaccination. The child can be breastfed or bottle-fed during the vaccination. The child can also be given sugar solution. This can make the vaccinations less noticeable to the child. The vaccine against the rotavirus has a sweet taste and can be given instead of sugar solution when your child is 3 months old. During the vaccinations, the child sits on your lap and can be distracted with soap bubbles or toys, among other things. As a parent, you are a source of safety to your child. If you feel uncertain or have concerns prior to the vaccination, you can speak to the nurse at BVC.