Bringing Up Children and Toddlers

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

In Danish culture, parents are not seen as the only ones responsible for their child, and much help and advice is available from local authorities.

Toddler Health

After the birth of a child a health visitor visits the parents to monitor the child's health and development. The first visit from the health visitor is a week after the birth. Dates for subsequent visits to monitor the child's development are then agreed between the health visitor and the parents, and usually take place every three months.

The health visitor is employed by the local municipality (Kommune) and can discuss everything from breastfeeding and the sleeping patterns of the newborn, to education, development and dealing with siblings.

If a child falls ill, it should be taken to a paediatrician (børnelæge). The child has a medical record book (barnets bog) where the health visitor and doctor records everything relevant to the child's health and development.

In the event of a serious illness, emergency hospital treatment is available free of charge for everyone. To see a doctor outside normal consultation hours contact the emergency service (lægevagt). Telephone numbers are available from local municipalities.

Parents who do not speak Danish can request that an interpreter is present for appointments with a doctor, nurse, midwife or in a hospital. An interpreter is provided free of charge.

Help and advice is available to parents from Børns Vilkår which runs an anonymous helpline - ForældreTelefonen.

  • Tel: 35 55 55 57

The Danish National Board of Health produces a booklet about safety for babies and toddlers in English.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not compulsory in Denmark, but there are recommended guidelines for the childhood vaccination programme. The eight recommended vaccinations are: diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, Hib-infection (Haemophilus influenzae type b), measles, mumps and rubella.

Vaccinations are free of charge and can be administered by general practitioners.