Your Baby's Health
Once your baby is born, you and your baby are entitled to free postnatal care. A public health nurse will visit you at home within 48 hours from your hospital discharge to see how you are doing and provide guidance on diet, breastfeeding or bottlefeeding, immunisations and home safety. She will also carry out some checks on your baby and may do the heel prick test when the baby is 5 days old, to rule out metabolic disorders (unless it has been done at the hospital). There will be further appointments at your GP surgery, where your baby will be examined and you will have a chance of discussing any personal issues or concerns. Booklets on babycare and a guide explaining immunisation (vaccinations) might be available to take away. Ask if they are available or you can download them from www.hse.ie.