Consultation at 4 months
What is a 4 months check-up?
When your child is 4 months old, you will be offered a group consultation at the health centre. This consultation will consist of a discussion with a public health nurse where other parents with babies of the same age participate.
If you do not wish to participate in group consultations, you can request an individual consultation.
Who you will meet
- public health nurse
- possibly physiotherapist
Topics at the 4 months check-up
The public health nurse will discuss topics such as:
- the interaction between you and the child
- the child's development (in Norwegian)
- the child's well-being, crying and daily routines
- breastfeeding, breast milk substitutes and possibility of introducing solid food
- your child's sleep (in Norwegian)
- safety for newborns and infants (in Norwegian)
- dental health (in Norwegian)
- childhood illnesses and common problems (in Norwegian)
- parents' health and parenthood (in Norwegian)
- smoking, alcohol and other drug use
- use of mobile phones and screens, including the use of social media
The child's weight, length and head circumference will be measured. The child's general development will be examined. This includes the examination of the child's body, hearing, eyesight, language, contact and movement. The child is observed and examined without clothing.
The health centre is there for you and your child. If you have any questions or anything you want to raise, you can bring this up in the consultation. You may want to make notes in advance.
You have the right to an interpreter should you need one.
Both parents are encouraged to participate.
The Norwegian Directorate of Health. National guideline for health promotion and preventive work in the child and youth health centres and school health service, 0 – 20 years. [Internet]. Oslo: The Norwegian Directorate of Health; 2019 [accessed 2021-02-23].
Content provided by The Norwegian Directorate of Health
Last updated Monday, August 28, 2023