Your baby should have a routine physical examination at 6 to 8 weeks, which is usually done by your GP. Your Health Visitor also completes a routine review of your baby’s health and development at 6-8 weeks.
Coronavirus or COVID-19 has required the NHS to deliver care in differing ways in order to maintain social distancing and keeping you safe; this includes the reviews by your health visitor. If your baby has not yet been seen by your GP for the routine physical examination, here are some things to look out for:
(If the answer to any is ‘yes’, you should contact your health visitor or GP)
- Do you think your baby can’t ever fully open both eyes when awake?
- Do you think your baby doesn’t watch your face and follow you with their eyes?
- Do you think that your baby doesn’t follow your face if you move your head from side to side when you’re standing close (less than 1 metre)?
- Do you think that your baby’s eyes shake, flicker or wobble?
- Do you think there is something unusual about, or in, your baby’s eyes? For example, the dark central area (pupil) looks cloudy or the eyeball is an unusual shape or size?
- Do you think the whites of your baby’s eyes are yellow?
- When you change your baby’s nappy, do you find that one leg can’t be moved out sideways as far as the other?
- Does one leg seem to be longer than the other?
- Do you have any other concerns about your baby’s hips?
(If the answer to either of these is ‘yes’, you should speak to your GP the same day)
- Does your baby seem breathless or sweaty, at any time, especially when feeding?
- Does your baby have blue, pale, blotchy, or ashen (grey) skin at any time?
Remember: If the answer to any of the questions above is ‘yes’ you should contact your GP or Health Visitor
It’s more important than ever that your baby has all their vaccinations at the right time.
Delaying vaccinations will expose your baby to the risk of getting very severe diseases. You will be invited for your baby’s vaccinations at eight, 12 and 16 weeks. It’s very important that you attend these.
Don’t attend the GP surgery for vaccination appointment:
- If you and your household are ‘self-isolating’ due to any member of the household having a positive COVID-19 test or you are having any of the symptoms of COVID-19 (persistent new cough or a high temperature). Click here for more information and guidance on self-isolation.
Please rearrange your baby’s vaccinations when your period of isolation has ended.