Bringing Up Toddlers, Babies and Children

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

Malaysia has plenty of activities geared towards children and childcare is relatively inexpensive.

Healthcare for Toddlers and Young Children

The Ministry of Health is responsible for healthcare in Malaysia and the system caters for both government and private healthcare. In general, healthcare provision in Malaysia is very good with access for the whole population, through a nationwide network of clinics and hospitals. Doctors and nurses in Malaysia are well trained and all Malaysian residents are eligible to free healthcare in government clinics and hospitals.

However, this access does not extend to private clinics and hospitals, which typically cater to affluent local residents, foreign residents and medical tourists. It is advisable to have insurance that covers private clinics and hospitals, as well as more expensive treatments, such as having a baby. It is possible to go to a private hospital without a referral from a GP.

It is difficult, though, to access specialist healthcare in rural areas.

The Malaysian government website, myGovernment has more information about healthcare in Malaysia.


Doctors in Malaysia are highly trained (often abroad) and usually speak English. To find a doctor, ask for a referral from the Malaysian Medical Association.

Healthcare provision for children

Healthcare provision is available for all infants and children in Malaysia. After birth, a baby is examined by a medical practitioner who checks for health problems and abnormalities.

  • For a comprehensive list of newborn health checks: Click here

If the newborn health check is without problems, the next health check is due at four weeks. Doctors give information of when subsequent health checks and vaccinations are due.

  • For further information about infant health and healthcare in Malaysia: Click here


Vaccinations are free when they are provided by public healthcare providers. However, vaccinations given at private hospitals must be paid for.

There is a comprehensive programme of vaccinations which starts at birth continuing up to seven years. This programme includes vaccinations against:

  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Whooping cough
  • Measles, mumps and rubella
  • Polio
  • Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type B)
  • Tuberculosis
  • For details of the vaccination programme: Click here

There is also an option for a child to be immunised against chicken pox and Hepatitis A at many private clinics.

Child Benefit and Tax Relief

There is no state-funded financial aid for children or child benefit scheme in Malaysia. However, tax relief is offered per child, as well as for a child's education.

  • For details of tax relief for children and families: Click here