One of the best ways to protect your child against diseases like measles, rubella, tetanus and meningitis is through immunisations.
Vaccinations are offered free of charge in the UK – just book your appointments with your GP. Remember, as well as protecting your own child, you're also protecting others by preventing the spread of disease.
Here's a handy downloadable vaccination planner – print it off and stick it on your fridge!
MenB protects against meningitis and sepsis
Hib/MenC protects against haemophilus influenzae (a bacterium that can cause serious illnesses) and meningitis C
MMR protects against measles, mumps and rubella (German measles)
4-in-1 boosts protection against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and polio
Flu given as a nasal spray and protects your child against getting the flu
The Personal Child Health Record is also known as the "red book" or PCHR. It's used to record your child's weight and height, vaccinations they've been given and other important health information. You can also add information yourself – it's a great way of keeping track of your child's progress. Remember to take it with you for appointments at the clinic, GP or hospital.
An online version – the eRedbook – is being trialled in some areas in the UK. Sign up via the link if you're interested in participating in the trial or being kept up–to–date with the developments.
Health checks are very important – they’re an opportunity to check your child is developing properly.
They’re usually carried out by your health visitor either at your home, GP surgery, baby clinic or children's centre. These development checks are also a good opportunity for you to raise any concerns you might have.
Your child's very first health check takes place shortly after they’re born, and continue until they are 2 to 2 1⁄2 years old.