Help for New Parents

At FNHC we understand the difficulties facing parents when looking after newly born babies and young children. In the 21st Century, parents are inundated with information about what’s best for their children and our Health Visitors and Community Nursery Nurses are here to provide the correct support and advice, helping parents to feel more confident in their parenting skills and to provide the best opportunities for their children.

We provide advice on healthy choices, e.g. breastfeeding, weaning, healthy eating and protection against disease and infection. We work closely with parents to help promote strong family bonds and offer information to families with specific difficulties such as postnatal depression.

Our Health Visitors are qualified nurses with specialist training in public health for children, young people and families. We are here to help you and your family during pregnancy, up to your child’s first day at school, aged five.

For more information please call 443600. 

Please note that these clinics are for well babies and if your child is unwell you need to make an appointment to see your own GP.  If your think your child is infectious or has a rash we would prefer that you did not bring your child to clinic as there are very young babies present.

The clinics do not run on Bank/Public Holidays

Any urgent or important messages are posted on Facebook 

 

Please note there will be no clinic on Tuesday 8th August 2017 at St Martin's Public Hall as the hall is being used for the Battle of Flowers.

 

  • What is Baby Led Weaning?

What is weaning?

Weaning is the transition from breastmilk or formula milk to family foods by the time your baby is one year old.

What is baby led weaning?

Baby led weaning is an easy and enjoyable way of introducing foods to babies from 6 months in which the baby feeds themselves, making sure only your baby puts food into their mouth.

At this age babies are developmentally more advanced and do not need purees

Studies from World Health Organisation suggest that baby led weaning may:

  • Encourage improved eating patterns – in line with regular family meal times.
  • Lead to a healthier body weight- babies can self-regulate the amount they eat.
  • Lessen the chance of becoming overweight in adulthood
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The Institute of Health Visiting states “Focus should be on eating which is baby-led, where an infant is encouraged to feed themselves as much as possible and be involved at mealtimes.”

What are the benefits of baby led weaning?

  • It allows babies to join in with family meals ( leaving out salt and sugar)
  • It encourages social development at mealtimes.
  • Helps develop their physical skills, hand eye co- ordination
  • Helps to develop chewing skills ( chewing will develop mouth muscles which in turn aid language development)
  • Offering a variety of foods will not only give baby a chance to discover different tastes, smells and textures but also provide all the nutrients they need.It is important to look for signs that baby has had enough and follow their lead.
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How do I know if my baby is ready for weaning?

  • Your baby will be able to stay in a sitting position and hold their head steady
  • Your baby will be purposefully putting things to their mouth so they can look at the food, pick it up and put it in their mouth by themselves. Babies who are not ready will push the food back out
  • Your baby will be showing an interest in food and watching you at mealtimes.
  • Your baby will be able to swallow food.It is rare for these signs to appear together before 6 months 
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Is baby led weaning safe?

Yes, if you:

  • Wait until baby shows signs of readiness
  • Make sure your baby is sitting upright and is safely on your lap or highchair with 5 point harness
  • Never leave your baby unattended.

I am worried about my baby choking.

It is important to be able to recognise the difference between choking and gagging. Allow your baby to gag, Gagging is a normal part of weaning as they are learning to manage their food

You may find it useful to attend a short course in first aid to enable you to act appropriately if your child does choke.

 

 

There are a few foods to avoid when weaning your baby:

  • Foods with added salt and sugar,
  • Whole nuts are not recommended until the age of 5 years (smooth nut butters are allowed from 6 months providing there is no allergy in immediate family members.
  • Eggs should be hard cooked until the age of 2 years
  • Honey is not recommended until 1 year
  • Meat and poultry should be well cooked 
  • Allow your baby to gag, Gagging is a normal part of weaning, they are learning to manage their food
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With reference:

To NHS Choices, World health Organisation ,Gill Rapsley- Baby led weaning and The Institute of Health Visiting

 

 

  • Are you worried about your baby's weight?

The first question any parent has to ask themselves is “am I worried?” If you are; then your health visitor or G.P can be your first point of call to either be reassured or referred on for further assessment. 

 

Your baby’s weight of 17 lbs at 5 months does not particularly cause concern but to fully assess this the health visitor/G.P would need to meet with the parent and assess the child’s growth patterns, including their length, over a period of time and since birth.

 

A parent can access health visiting support by attending one of the on island free Child Health Clinics which run on 6 days of the week at various venues .Details of the clinic times and venues are on the Family Nursing & Home Care Face Book page or by calling their health visitor who will have recorded their contact details in your red child health record. Failing that, FNHC reception can signpost you also on telephone 443600.

 

At child health clinic your baby’s weight can be assessed with you, and this will help you to ascertain, any concerns that you may have for example are there any underlying medical conditions in your family which could be linked to weight gain/loss.

 

Health Visitors are trained to assess the growth of your child using the centile chart in your red child health record, these charts indicate a child’s size compared with children of the same age and maturity who have shown optimum growth.  (World Health Organisation Growth Charts).

 

I would suggest that you come along to a Child Health Clinic for an assessment of your child’s growth, which can also take into account, length, head circumference and Body Mass Index (BMI), if required. 

 

Health Visitors understand that for a parent their child’s weight gain/loss can be an emotive subject and is something that parents worry about, we are there for reassurance, can help put plans together to optimise and stabilise growth, if required ,and make a referral to a paediatrician if necessary. 

 

Clinics

  • Mondays
  • Tuesdays
  • Wednesdays
  • Thursdays
  • Fridays
  • Saturdays
  • Weaning Clinics

Communicare

1.30pm - 3.30pm St Brelade

  

Team West

  

Baby Clinic Location Directions:

In St Brelade, pass Quennevais shopping centre on right, turn left (follow signs) turn next left into Communicare.

Phone Book Page 39, Map 7, Grid ref. 2:A

 

 

Minden Place (Salvation Army) New Street

1.30pm - 3pm  St Helier

Team South & North

 

Minden Place (Salvation Army) (Child Health Clinic)

In St Helier, behind Minden Place car park, between Euronics and Alfonso’s – look for the blue door.

Phone Book Page 47, Map 12, Grid ref. 5:G

 

St Martin's Public Hall

1.30pm - 3.00pm St Martin

  

Team East

 

St Martin’s Public Hall (Child Health Clinic)

In St Martin’s village, next to the school

Phone Book Page 36, Map 4, Grid ref. 4:J

St Pauls Centre, New Street

St Helier 2.00 - 4.00pm

 

Team North & South

 

St Paul’s Centre (Child Health Clinic) Next to Citizen Advice Bureau

In St Helier; from New Street through archway or from Dumaresq Street opposite Romerils. – Next to CAB.

Phone Book Page 46, Map 11, Grid ref. 5:F

 

 

Samares Pathways Child & Family Centre

St Clement  9.30 - 11.00am

Please note there is no clinic on Thursday 28th April

Team East

 

Samares Pathways Child & Family Centre (Child Health Clinic)

Having M&S on St Clements Coast Road on your right hand side, take the turning into Le Squez Estate. Follow the road round until you come to Samares Primary school on your right hand side. Go past this and then past the Youth Club building. You will then have the school playground on your  right hand side. Turn right at the yellow line and then right again into the school playground. Directly opposite you is the Samares Pathways Child and Family Centre.

Phone Book Page 30, Map 9, Grid ref. 4:C

Communicare - St Brelade

1.30 - 3.30pm

 

Team West

 

Communicare (Child Health Clinic)

In St Brelade, pass Quennevais shopping centre on right, turn left (follow signs) turn next left into Communicare.

Phone Book Page 39, Map 7, Grid ref. 2:A

 

Minden Place (Salvation Army) St Helier

 

10.00 - 11.00am Drop In

11.00 - 12.00pm Appointments for Developmental Checks ONLY

 

Minden Place (Salvation Army) (Child Health Clinic)

In St Helier, behind Minden Place car park, between Euronics and Alfonso’s – look for the blue door.

Phone Book Page 47, Map 12, Grid ref. 5:G

 

 

1st Wednesday in the month Gervaise le Gros Centre, St Brelade, 10am - 11am

 

2nd Thursday in the month at St Helier Methodist Centre, 12.30 - 1.30pm

 

Gervaise Le Gros Centre (Weaning / Infant Massage)

From the car park behind the Parish Hall in St Aubin; Cross the road to get to the Checkers Supermarket – that makes up the corner – follow round the corner down past the ‘side’ of the supermarket (keep it on your right) you will then pass a delicatessen (also on your right).

You then reach the bottom of the cobbled high street, cross this (don’t go up it) and you will then pass the Trafalgar Pub followed by the St Aubin’s Steak House Restaurant, just past these you will see blue and white railings (the same as the Parish Hall’s) with white fish by the gate posts; the Gervaise Le Gros Centre is through the gates. A blue shop 'Beauty Matters' is the other side of the entrance.

Please note there is no parking at the Centre.Phone Book Page 39, Map 7, Grid ref. 3:D

 

St Helier Methodist Centre

On Halkett Place having Jersey Library on your left hand side, walk past Wholesale Electrics towards the big church. When you reach the big steps (In front of the church) turn right and head into the café. The weaning is held in the hall which is accessible through the Café.

 

Phone Book Page 33, Map12, Grid ref. G5

Breastfeeding Buddies

  • Breastfeeding Buddies

 

Communicare, St Brelade, Tuesdays 11.00am-1.00pm

As of 2nd November, we will be offering this service within a designated area within our child health clinic held at St Pauls Centre, 2-4pm every Wednesday.

 

Communicare (Child Health Clinic)

In St Brelade, pass Quennevais shopping centre on right, turn left (follow signs) turn next left into Communicare.

Phone Book Page 39, Map 7, Grid ref. 2:A

 

St Paul’s Centre (Child Health Clinic) Next to Citizen Advice Bureau

In St Helier; from New Street through archway or from Dumaresq Street opposite Romerils. – Next to CAB.

Phone Book Page 46, Map 11, Grid ref. 5:F

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Massage

  • Baby Massage

 

Pathways Child & Family Centre Monday Afternoons 

 

There is a charge for this clinic which runs as a four week course.

 

 

Samares Pathways Child & Family Centre (Child Health Clinic)

Having M&S on St Clements Coast Road on your right hand side, take the turning into Le Squez Estate. Follow the road round until you come to Samares Primary school on your right hand side. Go past this and then past the Youth Club building. You will then have the school playground on your  right hand side. Turn right at the yellow line and then right again into the school playground. Directly opposite you is the Samares Pathways Child and Family Centre.

Phone Book Page 30, Map 9, Grid ref. 4:C

Up to Ones

  • Up To Ones

 

Breaking News these sessions will be restarting on Wednesday 11th January 2017.

 

This group is term time only

 

Communicare Centre, St Brelade, Wednesdays 2.00-4.00pm

(Weekly except bank holidays) 

 

Communicare (Child Health Clinic)

In St Brelade, pass Quennevais shopping centre on right, turn left (follow signs) turn next left into Communicare.

Phone Book Page 39, Map 7, Grid ref. 2:A