6 weeks checkup
When your child is 6 months old, you will be offered an individual consultation at the health centre. During this consultation, you will meet both a public health nurse and a doctor. You will be asked whether there is anything you wish to discuss.
Who you will meet
- public health nurse
The public health nurse will discuss topics such as:
- interaction between parents and children
- breastfeeding (in Norwegian) and/or breast milk substitutes (in Norwegian)
- vitamin D supplements
- introducing solid food (in Norwegian)
- the child’s movement development
- your child's sleep (in Norwegian)
- dental health and brushing of teeth (in Norwegian)
- the parents' use of mobile phones and screens, including the use of social media
- the child’s environment and safety (in Norwegian)
- the parents' well-being and mental health (cohabitation)
The child's head circumference and weight will be measured. The child's eye contact, movement and development will be observed.
The doctor will also examine the child’s:
- skin (birthmarks, scabs, pallor)
- red reflex in the eye
- mouth and oral cavity (fungal infection/candidiasis)
- navel and stomach
- heart rhythm, respiratory tract and breathing pattern
- grip reflexes and other reflexes
- hips and back (range of motion and misalignments)
- vaginal opening on girls
- testicles and penis on boys
Your child will be offered an oral vaccine against rotavirus (in Norwegian). Rotavirus disease is a gastrointestinal infection which causes vomiting, diarrhoea and often fever in infants and young children.
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 Friday, January 10, 2020