Bringing Up Toddlers

Everything for parents with young children living in Argentina: with information on health matters, child benefits and childcare...

Toddler Health

Healthcare in Argentina is provided in both public and private institutions, with the latter often being of a higher quality. Public healthcare is funded by the government. The Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Salud) is responsible for public health services, government hospitals and medical services.

Children born in Argentina receive a health booklet at birth (Libreta Sanitaria Materno-Infantil). The child is also given a number of mandatory vaccinations, including hepatitis B and tuberculosis.

  • For a full list of mandatory vaccinations: Click here (PDF in Spanish)

Basic infant health

Parents who want a pediatrician to take care of their child can find a doctor based on recommendations, location or inclusion in the family's private health insurance plan.

A free service called the Maternal and Child Health Program (Programa Materno Infantil) at public hospitals and other public health institutions provides check-ups for pregnant women and children up to the age of five. It is recommended that children have monthly check-ups until they are one year old.

Children's hospitals and emergencies

The majority of both public and private hospitals have specialized children's units.

  • To find a public hospital in Argentina: Click here (in Spanish)

There are a number of pediatric hospitals in Buenos Aires; the main ones are:

Private insurance companies also provide their members with information about hospitals and doctors.