Introduction

The early years of a child’s life are very important for their health and development. Healthy development means that children of all abilities, including those with special health care needs, are able to make the best of their life and contribute to the lives of others as well.

When your baby is born you will be given a ‘Red Book’ – this is the ‘Personal Child Health Record’.

There is lots of information in there for you and we would like you to use it to record important health facts for your baby. Please take it with you everywhere so that if your baby is poorly you have up to date information on your baby for the health professional you see.

It will also mean that when your baby is grown up they have a record of all their health appointments and immunisations.