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
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.