Consultation at four years
What is a four-year check-up?
When your child is four years old, you will be offered an individual consultation at the health centre.
Who you will meet
- public health nurse
Topics at the four-year check-up
The public health nurse will discuss topics such as:
- the interaction between you and the child
- the child's development
- food and meals
- the child's sleep (in Norwegian) and daily routines
- the child's physical activity (in Norwegian) and movement development
- the child's sexual development (in Norwegian)
- the child's language development
- safety for small children (in Norwegian)
- childhood illnesses and common problems (in Norwegian)
- parents' health and parenthood
- use of mobile phones and screens, including the use of social media
- smoking, alcohol and other drug use
- violence, abuse and neglect
The child's weight and height will be measured. The child's general development will be examined. This includes observation of the child's body, hearing, eyesight, language, contact and movement.
Eyesight and hearing test is carried out.
The child is observed and examined without clothing, possibly with underwear.
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. Before the consultation, it may be useful if you tell the child what will happen at the health centre.
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