Advice for six-week newborn check during pandemic

22 May 2020

Health visitors and paediatricians have published advice for parents who may not be able to attend the six-week GP check for newborn babies during the Covid-19 pandemic.

HVs are being asked to share the guide with all parents when they are first in contact with them after the birth of their baby.

If a baby does not have a six- to eight-week check, parents should ask themselves a series of questions outlined in the guide, and if the answer to any is ‘yes’, they should contact their HV or GP.

Dr David Evans, consultant neonatologist and vice-president at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said: ‘All newborns have a physical examination after birth. This picks up most, but not all, of the problems we look for in the first weeks of life. That’s why it’s so important for babies to have [the] check [...] usually carried out by a GP.’

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