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 aim to 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
Please note face-to-face visits may not always be possible during times of high demand.
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.
Children's specialist continence service
This service is for children with bladder and bowel conditions.
It is aimed at children between the ages of:
- 6 months to 19 years for constipation and bowel issues
- from 3½ years for day time wetting
- from 5 years for night time wetting
It is led by continence specialist nurses, who provide assessment and treatment plans for children who suffer with a range of bladder and bowel conditions.
They work closely with the hospital paediatricians and their team to ensure effective treatment and care planning for the individual child.
Referrals can be accepted from all health professionals in Lincolnshire, including:
- health visitors
- children and young people's nurses
Bladder and bowel resources
Constipation and laxatives:
- understanding childhood constipation - a guide for parents and carers
- understanding the management of faecal impaction and constipation - a guide for parents and carers
- the poo in you video explains impaction and constipation
- managing disimpaction and constipation with Macrogol laxatives
- a parent's guide to disimpaction
- how to prepare Macrogol laxatives
- poo nurses video will explain how to use Macrogol
Bladder - daytime wetting:
Bladder - night time wetting:
- talk about bedwetting (Enuresis)
- understanding bedwetting (Enuresis)
- understanding bedwetting in children with Down’s Syndrome and other learning disabilities
Desmopressin for nocturnal enuresis:
Medicines for children patient information leaflets:
Other information leaflets:
- ERIC guide to children living with complex bladder and bowel issues
- understanding Hirschsprung’s Disease - a guide for parents and carers
- understanding Anorectal Malformations (ARM’s) - a guide for carers
You do not need to book onto a Breastfeeding Session and can just attend on the day/time.
Please make sure you are familiar with building safety guidance.
Masks are encouraged within all the Children Centres by adults.
|Boston - St Christopher’s Children’s Centre
23 Fenside Road, Boston
Tel: 01205 357608
|Crowland Children’s Centre
Postland Road, Crowland
Tel: 01733 211609
|Monday 11.30 - 12.30pm|
|Grantham - Swingbridge Children’s Centre
Trent Road, Grantham
Tel: 01476 590034
|Monday 10 - 11.30am|
|Holbeach Children’s Centre
Holbeach Primary School, Boston Road South, Holbeach
Tel: 01406 426 064
|Friday 1 - 2.30pm|
|Horncastle Children’s Centre
Banovallum Secondary School, Boston Road, Horncastle
Tel: 01507 526603
|Thursday 11.15am - 12.45pm|
|Louth Children’s Centre
Eastfield Infants and Lacey Gardens Primary Schools Lacey Gardens, Louth
Tel: 01507 607087
|Wednesday 10 - 11am
Once every alternate month 10am to 11am
|Lincoln - Birchwood Children’s Centre
Birchwood Avenue, Lincoln
Tel: 01522 689991
|Thursday 1 - 3pm
|Lincoln - St Giles Children’s Centre
Lamb Gardens, Lincoln
Tel: 01522 529631
|Tuesday 11am - 1pm|
|Mablethorpe Children Centre
Stanley, Avenue, Mablethorpe Lincolnshire, LN12 1DP
Tel 01507 479412
|Friday 10 - 11.30am|
|Market Rasen Children’s Centre
Kilnwell Road, Market Rasen
Tel: 01673 844703
|2nd and 4th Wednesday 10.00 - 11.30am|
|Skegness Children’s Centre
Brunswick Drive, Skegness
Tel: 01522 555652
|Tuesday 1.30 - 3.00pm|
|Sleaford Children’s Centre
Money’s Mill Complex, Carre Street, Sleaford
Tel: 01529 306888
|Wednesday 1.00 - 2.30pm|
|Spalding Children’s Centre
Banks Avenue, Spalding
Tel: 01775 767475
|Wednesday 1 - 2.30pm|
|Stamford Children’s Centre
Green Lane, Stamford
Tel: 01780 764072
Market Deeping Children Centre
Willoughby Ave, Market Deeping
Tel: 01778 382574
|Thursday 1.30pm – 3pm
Alternate weeks Stamford then Market Deeping.