Health Visiting

What is a Health Visitor

Health Visitors are registered Nurses with an additional qualification in child health/development and family health.

Health visiting is a proactive, universal service that provides a platform from which to reach out to individuals and vulnerable groups, considering their different dynamics and needs, and reducing inequalities in health.

Your Health Visiting team can offer a family centred service from pregnancy until your child goes to school.  We can offer advice and support on matters such as:
Play, stimulation & child development
Nutrition
Breastfeeding
Weaning
Healthy eating 1-5 years
Sleeping
Immunisations
Keeping your child safe
Toileting


When will I see my Health Visitor
How can I contact the Health Visiting Team
Every GP practice has a named Health Visitor.  Your Health Visitor will provide you with their contact details which they will write in your Parent Child Held Record
(Red book).  If this information is not available, please contact your GP who will provide you with up to date contact information.


Links to Useful Resources

Institute of Health Visiting - Family resources

Parenting NI

Net Mums

NHS Choice - Top tips for new parents

Play, stimulation and child development

Getting to know your baby

Birth to five book

Sleep information

The Good-Night guide for children

Breastfeeding

Off to a good start

What dad's should know about breastfeeding?

Information on breastfeeding support groups

Weaning

Weaning made easy

Healthy Lifestyle

Health eating from one to five

Immunisation

Immunisation for children up to one year

Immunisation information for pre-school children

Paracetamol advice after receiving the Meningitis B vaccination 

Keeping your child safe
The Royal Society for the prevention of accidents

Toileting
ERIC - The children's bowel and bladder charity