New FREE resources on health for parents

The Institute of Health Visiting, which Hertfordshire University colleagues have been involved in founding, has launched a new series of free fact sheets for parents with Children under 5 years of age. These can be accessed here and have been developed and tested with parents.

For parents

The new resources cover key priority health themes for parents and professionals, with series of fact sheets available for each of these themes.

  • Nutrition
  • Breastfeeding
  • Bonding and behaviour
  • Child safety
  • Common illnesses and conditions e.g. colic & crying, eczema, scarlet fever
  • Immunisations
  • Sleep and safer sleep
  • Fathers
  • Childhood conditions that need specialist support e.g. deafness and hearing difficulties, nystagmus

Fact sheets for Professionals

A series of specialist fact sheets for professionals is  also available for each of these themes:

  • Homeless families
  • Prisoners’ families
  • Gypsy and traveller families
  • Sikh families
  • Chinese families
  • Bereaved families
  • Families living with a child with special needs
  • Families living with a child with autism
  • Working with domestic violence

A resource on working with minority groups is also available

Health visitors are an important public health service. They focus on prevention and on giving children and families vital help and support in the early years of a child’s life. Every family with a child under five has a named health visitor, who works to promote the health of the whole family including advising on all aspects of children’s growth and development; sleep, healthy eating, immunisation, parental wellbeing and adjusting to becoming parents.