Health Record for Babies

Find out what to expect from the system, and the care available for your newborn baby...

From birth, family doctors or paediatricians provide care for babies and children including performing routine check-ups to monitor growth and development and the administering of immunisations. Provinces vary in whether it is a family doctor or a paediatrician who performs this duty. Doctors can be found by referrals or by contacting provincial colleges of physicians and surgeons who can help patients find doctors accepting new patients.

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In Canada babies and children make regular trips to the family doctor or paediatrician who performs routine "well-baby" or "well-child" check-ups. The first of these is at 2 months, then at 4, 6, 9, 12, 18 months, two years and then once every year until the child is five years old. After this, the child sees the doctor every one or two years until the age of 18. These checks are to monitor development, nutrition, emotional and social development.

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Vaccinations

Children are vaccinated against 13 vaccine-preventable diseases in Canada. Immunisation schedules vary across provinces but vaccinations normally start at 2 months, with further vaccinations due at 4, 6 and 18 months and between 4 and 6 years. Further vaccinations are also administered to children between Grade 4 and 8.

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Immunisation is not compulsory in Canada but some provinces require certain vaccines to be given before a child enters the school system.