The Health Visiting service is available to all families in North East Lincolnshire who are expecting a baby, have a new born or a child up to the age of 5.
Your midwife will let us know about your pregnancy and a health visitor, who is aregistered nurse or midwife who have been trained in public health, will provide advice and support at this important time for you and your child.
Being a parent can be wonderful but worrying all at the same time, what happens during pregnancy and in the first years of your child’s life will shape their future as this stage has the most development changes. Without help, small problems may become bigger problems. We have found that help early on make the biggest difference to children and families.
Our service is available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm at family hubs and health centres. We also make visits to your home. If you have any concerns you can call the service on 01472 323660.
In light of the current pandemic and recent guidance from the Department of Health, Health Visiting will be reducing its service. Many of our visits will now move to telephone consultations, we will continue to contact all antenatal mothers and offer a visit to every baby between 2-3 weeks old.
If you have any concerns about your baby or child or wish to speak to a health visitor please call our duty number: 01472 323660 or email HealthVisitingAdvice@nelincs.gov.uk
Please view IHV – Parenting – COVID-19 to keep up to date with all health visiting news.
- Antenatal appointment – offered to you from 28 weeks pregnant, you’ll meet your health visitor who will talk about our service and preparing for your baby’s arrival.
- New birth visit – your health visitor will come to your home when your baby is 10 to 14 days old, you can ask any questions and talk about your first weeks with your new baby.
- Postnatal contact – your health visitor will come again 6 to 8 weeks after birth, they will review your baby’s development and ask about your wellbeing.
- Health review – appointments at 9 to 12 months and 2 to 2 and a half years old to check up on your child’s development, growth and overall wellbeing.
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The Institute of Health Visiting provides helpful factsheets giving expert advice on key areas of looking after your new baby, there are also lots of useful self-help tips below.
Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for around the first 6 months. After that, giving your baby breast milk alongside other foods will help them continue to grow and develop, and receive protection from illness.
Responsive feeding is a two way relationship between a mother and her baby, by following the points below you will make your baby feel safe.
- Feeding your baby frequently for food and comfort
- That you know how your baby is getting enough milk
- That you understand the value of exclusive breastfeeding
- Teaching you to hand express and why this can be helpful
- Observe feeding cues
- Hold baby close
- Encourage rooting
- Invite baby to take teat
- Pace the feed
- Never force a full feed
- Limit who feeds the baby
Colic, Reflux, CMPA, Lactose Intolerance Information
Healthy Eating/Faddy Eaters
Thrush in Breastfeeding
Happy baby leaflet (PDF)
Being pregnant is a time of change, but this can also be a time of feeling worried, fearful, excited and joyful. Although all of these feelings are completely normal, for many women some of these changes can be distressing and more severe.
The ‘baby blues’ are due to the sudden hormonal and chemical changes that take place in your body after childbirth. This can affect many women and should only last for a few days. However, for some women these symptoms can be more severe and last longer, and could be Postnatal Depression.
Signs of postnatal depression may include:
- feelings of being unable to cope, hopelessness and excessive anxiety
- not being able to stop crying
- panic attacks
- concerns about bonding with your baby
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please talk to a GP, Health Visitor or someone you trust.
Tommys – offers support to those who have suffered the loss of a baby as well as support for those who have had a difficult or traumatic pregnancy, birth or postnatal period.
Family Lives – A national family support charity providing help and support on all aspects of family life including school readiness, behaviour and divorce/separation.
Your child’s development is a continuous process that is unique to your child. Each baby, child and young person does not progress at the same rate.
NSPCC – Beahviour – Positive Parenting (PDF – external site)
Pregnancy and Baby Guide – includes Birth to Five timeline
Vaccination is one of the greatest breakthroughs in modern medicine. No other medical intervention has done more to save lives and improve quality of life. As a parent, you may not like seeing your baby being given an injection, however it will help protect them against a range of serious and potentially fatal diseases.
Routine childhood vaccinations start when a baby is 8 weeks old (even if they are premature). You will receive an appointment in the post when your baby is due their vaccinations, this will be undertaken at your GP’s.
If you’re not sure whether you or your child has had all your routine vaccinations, ask your GP or practice nurse to find out for you. It may be possible to catch up later in life.
Top tips for parents (PDF)
Accidents are one of the main causes of premature death and illness for children. Every year in England, 60 under-fives die from accidents in and around the home. There are 450,000 visits to A&E departments and 40,000 emergency hospital admissions in England each year because of accidents at home among under-fives.
The Lullaby Trust safer sleep advice gives simple steps for how your baby should sleep to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) which is more commonly known as cot death. The advice can give you the peace of mind to enjoy this special time.
Safer sleep for parents (PDF)
It can be difficult to tell when a baby or toddler is seriously ill, but the main thing is to trust your instincts. You know better than anyone else what your child is usually like, so you’ll know when something is seriously wrong.
Baby and Child First Aid – The British Red Cross provides simple, easy-to-learn skills to help a baby or child in a first aid emergency
Minor Ailments Scheme – Everyone can go to their pharmacist for free advice or to buy medicine for minor illnesses, however this scheme is a NHS service for anyone who does not pay for their prescriptions. The pharmacist will be able to give advice and medicines free of charge without the need to see a doctor.
Children are able to control their bladder and bowels when they’re physically ready and when they want to be dry and clean. Every child is different, so it’s best not to compare your child with others.
Using a potty is a new skill for your child to learn. It’s best to take it slowly and go at your child’s pace. Being patient with them will help them get it right, even if you sometimes feel frustrated.
ERIC – Childrens bowel and bladder charity