Post-natal Care in Hungary

Find out about post-natal care for you and your newborn in Hungary and the recommended vaccinations for your baby...

Most hospitals routinely take newborns away for the first 24 hours, and very often babies are fed formula or sugary water. A few hospitals offer breastfeeding support. La Leche Liga offers support for nursing mothers (website in Hungarian).

Mothers are usually kept in hospital for at least 72 hours after delivery, and it is very rare for a woman to be released earlier. Wards are shared by three to six women, and while some hospitals allow visitors to enter wards others do not and the mother has to meet visitors in the corridor.

Usually a doctor examines both the mother and baby before they are released from hospital and thereafter the local paediatrician and health visitor (védőnő) take over. The health visitor's task is to advise the new mother on caring for her baby and to ensure that the baby receives vaccinations. There is another check-up for the mother six weeks after giving birth.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations (védőoltás) are generally administered by the child's paediatrician, and later by the school doctor. In Hungary, the following vaccinations are mandatory:

  • 0-6 weeks: BCG (tuberculosis)
  • 2 months: DTPa; IPV; Hib (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis; polio; Haemophilus influenzae type b)
  • 3 months: DTPa; IPV; Hib
  • 4 months: DTPa; IPV; Hib
  • 15 months: MMR (measles, mumps and rubella)
  • 18 months: DTPa; IPV; Hib
  • 6 years: DTPa; IPV

The following vaccinations are recommended:

  • 2 months: PCV-13 (pneumococcal bacteria)
  • 4 months: PCV-13
  • 15 months: PCV-13