If you have just had a child, or if you have a child who is not yet of school age, you will receive an offer to have your child be given checkups at a health clinic. This is a municipal service in public and preventive healthcare.
The services provided by the health clinic include the following:
- Home visits for newborn babies
- Breastfeeding guidance
- Regular health checkups of the child carried out by a health visitor/public health nurse or doctor. The child’s weight and length/height are registered, and his or her development and well-being are assessed.
- Guidance and counselling in areas such as sleep, food, interaction, and the child’s behaviour
- Vaccination of the child in accordance with the vaccination programme
- Referrals to other municipal services or specialists if necessary
- Meetings (barseltreff) for groups of mothers with newborn babies
Note that in case the child is acutely ill, you should contact your regular family doctor (fastlege).
All children in the age group 0–5 years (whether adopted or the biological offspring of the parents in question), as well as their parents.
When you have had a child, the health clinic will contact you to schedule an appointment for either a home visit or a checkup at the health clinic. You will receive advance notice of scheduled vaccinations and regular checkups for your child.
If you believe you are not receiving necessary help or are dissatisfied with how the service is being performed, you can submit a complaint to the municipality or directly to the health clinic. Explain what you are dissatisfied with and the changes you wish to see. If your complaint is rejected, or the municipality contends that your rights have been fulfilled, your complaint will be passed on to the County Governor’s Office.