10 – 14 day contact - Better Lives Healthy Futures

10 – 14 day contact

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Your health visitor will visit you when your baby is between 10 and 14 days old.

When your health visitor comes to visit you at this time you might still be seeing your midwife.

What happens at this visit?

At this visit we’ll make sure that you and your partner are doing OK, check how you’re all settling in at home and talk about any needs or worries you may have.

We may weigh your baby and measure their head. We will talk about things like your child’s red book, immunisations and how feeding your baby is going. We’ll also talk about how you are bonding with your baby and responding to their needs.

We will chat about how you are feeling and your mental wellbeing as this is a big time of change for you all.

Before we see you – please read the information below

There’s some helpful information on important topics below which we would like you to read before we see you. We can go over any information that isn’t clear when we visit you or answer any other questions you have.

Your appointment

You will be contacted by us with your appointment.

If you need to rearrange your visit or have not received an appointment by this time, please contact the Health visiting team on: 01274 221223

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Further information

Caring for your baby at night

Becoming a parent is a special time. Getting to know your new baby can be one of the most rewarding experiences but it can also be challenging, especially when you’re tired. This unicef leaflet provides some helpful advice.

Tiny Happy People

This BBC website offers a collection of learning activities and fun things to do with children from birth to three months.

Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH)

Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) is a condition where the ‘ball and socket’ joint of the hip doesn’t properly form in babies and young children. Find out more information about it here and in your red book

Support with breastfeeding

There is lots of support available to you if you need help breastfeeding. Visit this page for more information and links to support groups, advice and how to contact your on-duty health visitor.

Related topics

Safe sleep

Safe sleep is very important. You, and anyone helping you, needs to understand how to keep your baby safe whilst they sleep.
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Parent infant relationship

Your relationship with your baby starts much earlier than the first time you meet them.
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Maternal and paternal mental health

Feeling worried or stressed, or even feeling a little down throughout and after your pregnancy can be normal but it’s important to realise when these feelings become more serious.
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Caring for your crying baby

All babies cry, and some more than others. Crying is your baby’s way of telling you they need comfort and care.
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Red Book

The Personal Child Health Record (PCHR), also known as the 'Red Book', is given to parents or carers’ at a child’s birth to record their health and development.
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Immunisation and vaccinations

Immunisation is a way of protecting against serious infectious diseases.
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New baby, new feelings

During the first week after having a baby, many women get what’s often called the ‘baby blues’. Women can experience low mood at a time when they expect to feel happy.
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Home safety

There are lots of things that you can do at home to protect your family.
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Car seat safety

Shopping for a car seat can be an exciting time, there’s a lot to choose from but it’s nice to imagine taking your new baby home in it for the first time.
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There’s lots of research that shows the amazing speed a baby’s brain is developing.
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Newborn health and what to expect

Information about newborn health
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Vitamin D helps keep bones and teeth healthy. It is needed to absorb calcium from the diet.
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Healthy start

Healthy Start is a scheme that enables eligible applicants to get free vouchers every week to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk plus free vitamins.
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