At the BVC, you can regularly visit a district nurse or child nurse with your child. There are examinations, vaccinations and doctor’s visits, but you can also get support in the role of parent.
BVC is an abbreviation of child care center. A district nurse or child nurse, who is the key person in the business, works at BVC. Usually you meet one and the same person on each visit.
How do I get in touch with BVC?
Already at the Maternal Care Center (MVC) you get information about which BVC you can turn to when the baby is born. When you come home from BB you call BVC and book a time. As a rule, first-time parents are then offered a home visit.
What is done at the first home visit?
The home visit is voluntary. The nurse informs about the child care center and examines the child. Together you talk through childbirth, breastfeeding and the child’s health. There is also the opportunity for your parents to ask questions.
How often should I visit BVC?
All childcare centers have a program that is common to all of Sweden, for examinations, vaccinations, medical visits, etc. In the first one to two months most people think it is good to come once a week, but the number of visits is adjusted to your needs. For a while, for example, a little tighter checks can be recommended if the baby does not gain weight according to its weight curve.
As the child grows older, the visits become more and more fun. Between two and six months of age, most parents visit BVC about once a month and then every other month. Thereafter, children are called for examination at the age of 18 months, 3 years, 4 years and 5 years. Then the child starts school and then the student health (school health care) takes over the BVC’s tasks.
When can we see the doctor?
At the age of four weeks it is time to see the doctor at the child care center. Heart, lungs, hips, reflexes, development and more are assessed. The second doctor’s visit takes place at the age of six months and then the child’s growth and development is looked at. The third doctor’s visit usually takes place at the age of 10 or 12 months. Even then, a survey and assessment of growth and development is made.
At 2.5 or 3 years of age, it is time for the fourth doctor’s visit and you are also looking at the development, which includes a language assessment. In addition, there is always the possibility of extra medical checks if needed.
Is the doctor at BVC pediatrician?
No, the doctor at the childcare center is usually a family, home or district doctor with experience in children.
Can we see a pediatrician?
At the pediatric care center, it is assessed which children need to see a pediatrician. The pediatrician is available at a pediatrician or pediatric clinic. There, children with illnesses and disabilities are investigated and cared for, which require long-term treatment.
This is child health care
An important goal of the BVC program’s design is that it should contribute to an equal and fair child health care for all children in Sweden. The work is designed on the basis of the guidance issued by the National Board of Health and Welfare in 2014 for child health care. Child health care should promote children’s health, safety and development by:
- Support parents in active parenting.
- Promote children’s health and development.
- Detecting and preventing physical and mental ill health.
- Pay attention and prevent risks to children in the immediate environment.