Post-natal Care

Find out about post-natal care for you and your newborn baby…

Different hospitals will have different procedures for post-natal care, but typically the post-natal period involves examinations of both the mother and the child. The baby has an examination in the first week and then up to six further times in the first year, three examinations during the second year and then an examination every six months up to the sixth birthday. It is typical for vaccinations to be administered at the same time as the examination.

The gynaecologist will examine the mother and the baby between four and eight weeks after delivery.

Health record

The health record of the child at birth will be given to the mother on discharge from the hospital. This may be in Thai or in English if it is an international hospital.

This record must be taken to every medical consultation of the child until they are 18 years of age. The medical examiner will enter the details of any procedure and this will act as a record of full medical history.

Vaccinations

The health record acts as a certificate of vaccinations. The doctor or the clinic will sign and date the book after each vaccination.

Vaccinations are not obligatory except for the BCG to prevent tuberculosis.

In Thailand, recommended vaccinations from birth to 16 years old include:

  • Poliomyelitis
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Japanese B Encephalitis Vaccine
  • Haemophilus Influenza (HIB)
  • Hepatitis B