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Mt Albert Medical Centre

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Well Child/Tamariki Ora Health Checks – Birth to Three Years

All New Zealand children are entitled to 11 free health checks from birth to three years. The checks aim to ensure that children are growing and developing as well as possible. Included in the checks are clinical assessment, health education and family/whānau support.

Baby checks are at birth and then at 24 hours, five days and around 2-4 weeks. Babies are weighed and measured to ensure that they are developing correctly. These sessions provide a great opportunity for parents to ask questions from an expert and have any problem addressed; difficulties with breastfeeding or sleep for example. They can also be used to discuss immunisations and vaccinations. These checks will be carried out by your lead maternity carer (LMC).

Between the ages of 4-6 weeks and three years, there are seven core health checks available, typically these are around 4-6 weeks, 8-10 weeks, 3-4 months, 5-7 months, 9-12 months, 15-18 months and 2-3 years. These checks may be carried out by a Well Child Provider of your choice e.g. Plunket, Māori health provider, community nurse, a general practice team (doctor and practice nurse). Your LMC will be able to give you a list of Well Child Providers in your area.

More information about Well Child services is available on the Ministry of Health website.

The first check on newborn babies by the doctor is when they come for their 6 week immunisations, although they are welcome to make an appointment any time there is concern.

Along with the 6 week free check for babies our PHO is offering a FREE 6 week postnatal check for mothers with the doctor when they bring baby along for their 6 week check and immunisations.

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986 New North Road
Mount Albert
Auckland 1025

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986 New North Road
Mount Albert
Auckland 1025

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986 New North Road
Mt Albert
Auckland 1025

This page was last updated at 10:30AM on December 2, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Mt Albert Medical Centre.