Check-ups at the health centre during the first 6 months after the birth of your child

See a summary of what happens during the various check-ups from when your child is born until it is 6 months old.

Baby blir veid på helsestasjonen

​Babyen blir veid og målt uten klær på.

Illustration: Rebecca Ravneberg / Helsedirektoratet

Visit: Follow-up care during the post-natal period

7-10 days

Home visits by a public health nurse

You will be visited by a public health nurse on day 7-10 after the birth of your child. The health centre will contact you to arrange a home visit by a public health nurse. If you have any questions or need advice and guidance before this, you can contact the health centre yourself.

It can sometimes take a little while for the health centre to receive notification from the hospital that your child has been born. You should contact the health centre yourself if you think it is taking too long to arrange a home visit.

During the home visit, you will be given information about the services that are available from the health clinic. You can also bring up any topics you are concerned about. It is a good idea to think through in advance what you would like to discuss. Make a note of anything you are unsure of. You are entitled to an interpreter if you need one.

The public health nurse will talk to you about topics such as:

  • interacting with your child
  • childbirth experiences
  • breastfeeding (in Norwegian) and where appropriate breast milk substitutes (in Norwegian)
  • your child's sleeping patterns
  • caring for your child
  • parenthood, relationships, wellbeing and health
  • transition from couple to family
  • social network
  • smoking, alcohol and other drug use
  • child accidents and injuries
  • violence and abuse

Your child will be observed and examined without clothing, and the child's weight and head circumference will be measured.

4 weeks

When your child is 4 weeks old, you will be offered a group consultation at the health centre. This consultation will consist of a discussion with other parents with babies of the same age, a public health nurse and possibly a physiotherapist. You will be asked whether there are any topics you wish to discuss.

The public health nurse will discuss topics such as:

If you do not wish to participate in group consultations, you can request an individual consultation instead. The child's weight and head circumference will be measured when necessary.

6 weeks

When your child is 6 weeks old, you will be offered an individual consultation at the health centre. You and your baby will see both a public health nurse and a doctor. You will be asked whether there is anything you wish to discuss.

The public health nurse will discuss topics such as:

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. 

3 months

When your child is 3 months old, you will be offered an individual consultation with a public health nurse at the health centre. The child's head circumference, weight and length will be measured. You will be asked whether there is anything you wish to discuss.

The public health nurse will discuss topics such as:

The child's eye contact, movement and development will be observed.

Your child will be offered the first dose of the six-component vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, poliomyelitis, Hib infection and hepatitis B (in Norwegian), and the first dose of the pneumococcal vaccine (in Norwegian). The vaccine will be administered by injection.

4 months

When your child is 4 months old, you will be offered a group consultation with a public health nurse and possibly a physiotherapist at the health centre. You will be asked whether there is anything you wish to discuss.

The public health nurse will discuss topics such as:

The child's eye contact, movement and development will be observed. The child's weight, length and head circumference will be measured as appropriate.

5 months

When your child is 5 months old, you will be offered an individual or group consultation with a public health nurse at the health centre. You will be asked whether there is anything you wish to discuss.

The public health nurse will discuss topics such as:

The child's head circumference, weight and length will be measured. The child's eye contact, movement and development will be observed.

Your child will be offered the second dose of the six-component vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, poliomyelitis, Hib infection and hepatitis B (in Norwegian), and the second dose of the pneumococcal vaccine (in Norwegian). The vaccine will be administered by injection. 

6 months

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.

The public health nurse will discuss topics such as:

The child's head circumference, weight and length will be measured. The child's eye contact, movement and development will be observed.

The doctor will also examine the child’s:

  • skin (rash, skin colour)
  • mouth and oral cavity
  • head (seams, fontanelle)
  • navel and stomach
  • heart rhythm, respiratory tract and breathing pattern
  • hips and back (range of motion and misalignments)
  • motor development
  • vaginal opening on girls
  • testicles and penis on boys