Check-ups at the health centre from 8 months to 4 years

See a summary of what happens during the various check-ups from when your child is 8 months old until it is 4 years old.

Baby på vekt på helsestasjon

Illustration: Rebecca Ravneberg / Helsedirektoratet

8 months

When your child is 8 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 eye contact, movement and development will be observed. The child's weight, length and head circumference will be measured as appropriate.

10 months

When your child is 10 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 vision, eye contact, hearing, language, movement and development will be observed.

12 months

When your child is one year 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.

In advance of this consultation, you may have been asked to fill in a form, where you answer questions about your child's language skills and motor development. The public health nurse will go through the answers with you.

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, pallor)
  • head (seams, fontanelle)
  • mouth and oral cavity (teeth)
  • stomach
  • heart rhythm, respiratory tract and breathing pattern
  • hips and back (range of motion and misalignments)
  • vaginal opening on girls
  • testicles and penis on boys

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

15 months

When your child is 15 months old, you will be offered an individual 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 weight and length will be measured. The child’s movement development (fine and gross motor skills), health and general condition will be observed. 

The child will be offered the vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR vaccine). The vaccine will be administered by injection.

17-18 months

When your child is 17-18 months old, you will be offered a 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 interaction between you and the child
  • diet and eating habits
  • your child's sleep
  • the child’s environment and safety (in Norwegian)
  • the parents' well-being and mental health (cohabitation)
  • kindergarten

The child's weight and length will be measured. The child’s movement development (fine and gross motor skills) will be observed.

Helsesykepleier og lite barn sitter på gulvet på helsestasjonen

Illustration: Rebecca Ravneberg / Helsedirektoratet

Two-year check-up

When your child is two years 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.

In advance of this consultation, you may have been asked to fill in a form, where you answer questions about your child's language skills and motor development. The public health nurse will go through the answers with you.

The public health nurse will discuss topics such as:

  • the interaction between you and the child
  • diet and eating habits (in Norwegian)
  • dental health and tooth brushing (dummies and finger sucking)
  • sleeping habits (in Norwegian)
  • physical activity (in Norwegian) and play (outdoor activities, sitting still)
  • the child's sexual development
  • language development
  • mobile phone and screen use, including the use of social media
  • drug use (alcohol and other drugs)
  • the child’s environment and safety (in Norwegian)
  • the parents' wellbeing and mental health (family circumstances, social network, cohabitation)

The child's weight and height will be measured. The child’s vision, hearing and movement development (fine and gross motor skills) will be observed.

The doctor will also examine the child’s:

  • skin (rash, pallor)
  • mouth and oral cavity (teeth)
  • stomach
  • heart rhythm, respiratory tract and breathing pattern
  • hips and back (range of motion and misalignments)
  • the testicles on boys

Four-year check-up

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

In advance of this consultation, you may have been asked to fill in a form, where you answer questions about your child's language skills and motor development. The public health nurse will go through the answers with you.

The public health nurse will discuss topics such as:

  • the interaction between you and the child (social and emotional contact)
  • diet and eating habits (in Norwegian)
  • sleeping habits (in Norwegain)
  • language development
  • the child's sexual development
  • the child’s environment and safety (in Norwegian)
  • mobile phone and screen use, including the use of social media
  • drug use (alcohol and other drugs)
  • kindergarten and preparing for school

The child's weight and height will be measured. The child’s health and general condition, vision, hearing and movement development (fine and gross motor skills) will be observed.