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Child Health and Pregnancy

Baby Checks, Child Health and Vaccinations

Having a new child in the house is a life changing experience and a stressful steep learning curve for all new parents. There is an abundance of information, mis-information and services out there, that unfortunately can make it even more confusing for a new parent.

Newmarket Baby Clinic

Speaking to your GP can help cut through this overload of information and simplify your parenting.

All our doctors are very experienced with child health and children make up a large part of our practice. We are very highly regarded in our community when it comes to looking after children and our doctors understand that a sick child can cause terrible angst and worry for parents, so we make every effort to accommodate sick children even when we are fully booked.

Often times simple problems like ear infections or rashes that are quick consultations can be fitted in between patients but it is very important for you to inform our staff as to the nature of the problem so that our doctors can fit you in appropriately.

If we don't know about the problem, then we can't triage it properly.

We look after children right from birth and can provide all the necessary health checks, vaccinations and parenting advice for your child. Your child will be examined and weight, height, & head circumference will be performed as per the recommended checks.

Although some parents use child nurse clinics and government vaccination clinics for some of the baby checks, these clinics do not check for heart murmurs and hip problems, so it is still recommended to see a doctor for the scheduled vaccinations. Our nurses are all very highly regarded in the community for their skill in administering vaccinations.

When you have a vaccination at our clinic, for safety reasons, we ask that you remain near our practice for at least 15 minutes after the vaccination. Please ensure that you have enough time for this in your day's schedule.

An abbreviated childhood vaccination schedule is listed in the table below. Minor differences apply to children of aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent and handicapped children. Also due to a recent re-emergence of whooping cough, it is recommended that the vaccinations now be started at 6 weeks of age. Full details can be found on this Immunise Australia link of the Department of Health and Ageing. (http://immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/nips2)

Age Vaccination
2, 4, 6 Months (now accepted that this can start at 6 weeks of age) 2 injections in total + an oral syrup
Injection #1 (Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (whooping cough), Haemophilis, Polio, Hepatitis B)

Injection #2 (Pneumococcal)

Oral syrup (Rotavirus)

12 Months 2 injections in total
Injection #1 (Hepatitis B + Haemophilis + Meningococcal)

Injection #2 (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)

18 Months 1 injection in total
Chickenpox + Measles, Mumps, Rubella
4 Years 2 injections in total
Injection #1 (Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (whooping cough), Polio)

Injection #2 (Measles, Mumps, Rubella if not given at 18 months)

After 4 years of age vaccinations are given at school clinics but can be done through us if requested.

As of the 1st July 2011, special paperwork at the 4 year old check up may be required for those patients accessing the Family Allowance Scheme. Please enquire with your doctor if you require this.

Antenatal Care and Pregnancy

If you are planning a pregnancy, it is recommended to come in to see your doctor at least 3 months before you start trying so we can organise some basic tests and check immunity levels to diseases such as Rubella (German Measles) and Varicella (Chickenpox).

When you become pregnant, we will see you again to help you plan your pregnancy. For those women going into the Public system, we provide a Shared Care program with the hospitals where we share the role of looking after you in the antenatal period.