Community Health Nurses offer Health Checks to support the healthy development and well-being of children. Health Checks is a program designed to screen for health issues related to vision, hearing, nutrition, physical activity, behavior, growth, development, and oral health, so that any related health concerns can be identified early. In Labrador-Grenfell Health, this program is offered at ages 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, 30 months, and 4 years (Preschool Health Check).
Health Check visits provide an opportunity for parents/caregivers to see how their child is growing and developing and to speak with a Community Health Nurse about any questions or concerns they might have. Parents/caregivers are provided with information, including suggested activities and resources to help support their child’s growth and development.
As needed, Community Health Nurses can offer referrals to specialized community supports and services and can assist in coordinating these to best meet the needs of the child. The nurse can also provide parents/caregivers with information about other programs and services that are available in their community to help meet their child’s developmental needs. Additionally, the nurse will review the child’s immunization record to ensure it is up-to-date and will offer the appropriate immunizations according to the Newfoundland and Labrador Immunization schedule. Community Health Nurses provide immunizations to help ensure that children are protected against vaccine preventable diseases.
Each Health Check appointment takes between 45 and 60 minutes and at the end of the visit, parents are asked to wait for 15 minutes to ensure their child’s safety following immunization. To book an appointment please contact your nearest Community Health Office (hyperlink).
Preventative care is important to keep children healthy!
Child Health Clinic Packages
Click on the links to the right to obtain more information regarding your child’s growth and development.