Our health visitors offer every family a new birth visit appointment this is normally between 10-14 days after your baby is born. This appointment maybe offered at a local health clinic or at home and normally after your midwife has handed over your care to your local health visiting team.
During this visit we will offer you and your family information and advice on:
Sleep and Safer sleep
Your emotional well-being
You may feel emotional after having your baby which might include anxiety and feeling low. If you are feeling you need additional emotional advice or support please contact your local health visiting team advice line or come along to one of our child health drop-ins.
View our video for further information on our Surrey perinatal mental health service.
You will receive your Personal Child Health Record 'red book' from your midwife. This is your book to record details about your child's health, growth, immunisations and development milestones. If you haven't already received your child's red book, your health visitor will give you one at this new birth appointment.
It recommended that everyone over one year of age should take a 10 micrograms of vitamin D supplement daily including pregnant mothers. And as a precaution, breastfed babies from birth up to one year of age should also be given a supplement of 8.5 to 10 micrograms of vitamin D every day.
Babies who are formula fed do not require vitamin D supplement if they having 500ml per day of infant formula or more.
Vitamin D supplementation is important because we and our children are unable to get enough vitamin D from sunlight in this country, or from diet alone.
Speak to your health visitor or nursery nurse for more information about why vitamin D is important.
Healthy Start vitamins are available to buy or exchange for healthy start vouchers at every children's centre in Surrey.
If you have any queries concerning your child’s progress, please contact us on our health visiting team advice line or come along to one of our child health-drop ins where we would be happy to discuss any aspect of health and well-being for you and your family.
For further information
- To follow up a referral
For example, for developmental paediatrics or therapy services such as speech and language therapy. Contact the One Stop referral centre (tel: 0300 222 5755, Option 2) and they will be able to advise.
- For advice or questions about your child's health
- 2 year development checks
- Referrals for ASD, ADHD or another neurological/developmental condition
Your GP will need to make a referral. Visit the Developmental Paediatrician service page for more information about these services in Surrey.
- Access to mental health services
Your GP needs to refer your child via MINDSIGHT Surrey CAHMS
- Hearing concerns
Contact the Audiology service
- Concerns or complaints about a Children and Family Health Surrey service
If your query is not covered by the routes above, please use the form below to contact us. Your query will be passed to the relevant team who will aim to respond within 7 working days.