Your doctor's surgery should be central in supporting you to keep your children fit and healthy. It is not only the doctor, but the nurse and health visitor who should have an active involvement in your children's early life.
Every child under five has a named health visitor who can advise on everyday problems, such as teething, immunisation programmes and any special difficulties. They are also there to support the rest of the family providing advice on employment and benefits rights, childcare, talking to new fathers about their role.
The NHS have a website for parents of children from birth to five years with lots of useful guidance:
- NHS website - baby essentials
- NHS website - your baby's health and development reviews
- NHS website - being a parent
- NHS website - birth to five development timeline
The School Health Nursing Team work with children, young people and families from age 5-19, offering confidential advice and support and promoting all aspects of health. The Team includes the Bladder and Bowel Children's Service, Immunisation Team and Children Looked After Specialist Nurse. More information about the School Health Nursing Team can be found by visiting the Community Children's Health Partnership website
If you are concerned about your child’s mental health, you can find information about local support services and resources in the Emotional Health Directory of Services for Children and Young People in North Somerset
If you are worried about your child's speech the Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy service provides assessment, advice and therapy for children with significant difficulties with speech, language, voice, fluency and eating and drinking problems.
Support from the NHS for children with special educational needs.
The NHS have support available for children and young people aged under 18 who have complex needs such as chronic physical, devlopmental, behavioural and psychological conditions. See their website for information on how to access services.
You can find other NHS services below: