Health visitors are qualified and registered nurses or midwives who can give advice to parents about their new baby.
They will assess the needs of individuals and families to promote good health from pre-birth to the end of your child's first year at school.
The health visiting team includes children and young people's nurses, family health workers, GPs, social workers and other health professionals.
How they can help
Health visitors can help with:
- your child's development
- common childhood illnesses
- adjusting to parenthood
- bottle feeding
- starting solids
- sleep behaviour
- keeping your child safe
- getting ready for school
- positive parenting
- maternal mental health
- toilet skills and development
They also hold sessions about some of these issues at our children's centres.
How to get advice
Your midwife will contact a health visitor to let them know you are pregnant. Your health visitor may see you before the birth of your baby.
After birth, your health visitor will arrange a new-birth visit when your baby is between 10 and 14 days old.
If you have moved to Lincolnshire and have pre-school children, a health visitor will contact you after you register with a GP.
The service that you receive will depend on your baby and family needs.
The health visiting team will regularly see you and your baby before your child starts school:
- when you are over 25 weeks pregnant
- when your baby is 10 to 14 days
- when your baby is 6 to 8 weeks old
- when your baby is 8 to 12 months old
- when your child is 2 to 2.5 years old
You can discuss any matters about your child's development, including:
- introducing solid foods
- accident prevention
- toilet skill development
You will have the opportunity to discuss how you are feeling about being a new parent.
Your health visitor will liaise with the Children and Young People's Nurses when your child starts school year 1 if required.
The Children and Young People's nurse will continue to provide support up to the age of 19 for those with long-term or more complex health needs and children with bladder or bowel conditions.
The Children's Specialist Continence service is available for children needing more complex support for their bladder or bowel condition.