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I know this isn't really a thread for HUKD but it has such a wide audience and I think parents of young kids out there will be interested, please be nice. In my area and many others children aren't s… Read More
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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
I know this isn't really a thread for HUKD but it has such a wide audience and I think parents of young kids out there will be interested, please be nice. In my area and many others children aren't seen from 6 weeks to their pre-school check. Speaking to other mums and dads I know I'm not alone in feeling this isn't right - I'm sure lots of people, like my son, are going to find themselves impacted over the next year or so when issues that are now missed come to light. Children who move area can be never seen, surely people can easily slip through the net?

Anyway, a petition was brought to my attention. So many people have said to me if there was such a thing they'd sign it but it's not known it's there. It needs 200 signatures to get it goverment attention, obviously the more the better!

http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/ScreenAllUnder3s/

I urge you to sign it if you agree. It takes seconds to do.
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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
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#1
I know this isn't really a thread for HUKD

this is Misc, anything goes. thanks for posting.
#2
Ta, I should say I'm not the petition creator, I just happen to agree with it and want people to see it so they can opt whether to sign or not. Spread the word!

Thanks :thumbsup:
#4
thats a very long time for a child to go unchecked!!! here they are checked regularly until school age

6wks, 6-8mnths, 18 mnths, 3yrs, and then a pre school check (kids in wales go to school earlier too)
#5
its already happening in certain areas -

kidsgoing to school not being able to speak english

if they were monitored more closely - this hopefully wouldnt happen - pc brigade jump on you though
heres 1 example alone
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-502769/English-minority-language-1-300-schools-leaving-teachers-struggling-cope.html
[mod]#6
Ours get checked all the time as well. Health visitor stays in constant contact and often rings to check.

Our Doctors surgery has 3 of them plus a backup team so they like to keep busy. :)
#7
Syzable
Ours get checked all the time as well. Health visitor stays in constant contact and often rings to check.

Our Doctors surgery has 3 of them plus a backup team so they like to keep busy. :)


yeh we take em to be weighed and if you dont go they call you or nip to see you...they also have the checks which they send an appointment for-if you miss it they chase it....
#8
foxymissroxy


6wks, 6-8mnths, 18 mnths, 3yrs, and then a pre school check (kids in wales go to school earlier too)


Ive always known it to be like this too with both of my children in 2 different areas over almost 7 years. Never would have thought it was different elsewhere!
#9
easy to sign it and v worthwhile. Thanks op and Syzable for the clicky!
#10
I don't know of any child from 1yr to 4yrs old that hasn't had to see the GP/hospital for all those infections/broken bones/cuts/head injuries etc... They keep a check and if they have any concerns over the overall welfare of a child, they take the necessary actions. Secondly, they have to see a nurse for their jabs up to 6mths old and their MMR at 1yr etc and if these are missed they are usually checked by the authorities.
Only if those appointments/jabs are missed should they be chased up... I am a grown adult and don't believe we should be in a 'nanny state' where we're told what to do with our own children. Dont want to offend anyone here but I wont be signing I'm afraid.
#11
unseenangelwings
I don't know of any child from 1yr to 4yrs old that hasn't had to see the GP/hospital for all those infections/broken bones/cuts/head injuries etc... They keep a check and if they have any concerns over the overall welfare of a child, they take the necessary actions. Secondly, they have to see a nurse for their jabs up to 6mths old and their MMR at 1yr etc and if these are missed they are usually checked by the authorities.
Only if those appointments/jabs are missed should they be chased up... I am a grown adult and don't believe we should be in a 'nanny state' where we're told what to do with our own children. Dont want to offend anyone here but I wont be signing I'm afraid.



My daughter is 5 and she's only ever been to the doctors once in her life. For personal reasons, she hasn't had the MMR and no one has chased me up. I agree that I don't think any professional should tell us what to do with our children, they should only be there to offer advice as needed, but I do think the development checks are vital. These checks aren't so much as to how you are doing as a parent, but looking over the childs physical and mental development and making sure everything is as it should be there. Without these extra checks, it may have taken a lot longer for my 3 year old to be diagnosed with his conditions, as the health professionals that did the check on my son explained that gp's are given basic training on conditions. When it comes to children, they're not experts and when things aren't quite normal, a lot of the gp's aren't as well informed as the health care workers as the gp's don't specialise in children whereas these workers do. She referred him to a specialist and he was seen within 2 weeks, which I thought was amazing, but this was down to the fact she could provide them with a fully detailed report of her findings and opinion so the specialists knew pretty much straight away what they were looking for.

I think a lot of first time parents probably find it reassuring to hear that everything is 'normal' too, so I'll be signing the petition because I think it's a really essential service. Thanks for the link and bringing it to our attention :thumbsup:
#12
unseenangelwings
I don't know of any child from 1yr to 4yrs old that hasn't had to see the GP/hospital for all those infections/broken bones/cuts/head injuries etc... They keep a check and if they have any concerns over the overall welfare of a child, they take the necessary actions. Secondly, they have to see a nurse for their jabs up to 6mths old and their MMR at 1yr etc and if these are missed they are usually checked by the authorities.
Only if those appointments/jabs are missed should they be chased up... I am a grown adult and don't believe we should be in a 'nanny state' where we're told what to do with our own children. Dont want to offend anyone here but I wont be signing I'm afraid.


you are not offending anyone...its your opinion. I do think that this check is to prevent children falling through the net who are mistreated or abused. Anything that can help is worth doing.

There are also parents who lack knowledge or experience who dont know or understand that their child has problems.
On the other hand I took my son to all his checks...and he wasnt diagnosed til he was 3 and was seen at a routine appointment by a locum....despite me flagging things.
#13
unseenangelwings
I don't know of any child from 1yr to 4yrs old that hasn't had to see the GP/hospital for all those infections/broken bones/cuts/head injuries etc... They keep a check and if they have any concerns over the overall welfare of a child, they take the necessary actions. Secondly, they have to see a nurse for their jabs up to 6mths old and their MMR at 1yr etc and if these are missed they are usually checked by the authorities.
Only if those appointments/jabs are missed should they be chased up... I am a grown adult and don't believe we should be in a 'nanny state' where we're told what to do with our own children. Dont want to offend anyone here but I wont be signing I'm afraid.


My son has just had a slight squint detected through a hospital appointment for an unrelated eye problem. The squint is slight, a tiny flicker so not obvious and no-one ever has said that this is not something that a child will outgrow or that causes irreparable damage. A health professional trained to look for such things may have picked it up and I'm told by a retired health visitor that this is one of key things that the check around 2 used to pick up. It detected then, treatment can fix the problem before permanent damage occurs. Early detection and treatment is key. As it is my son will probably need glasses for life. If he hadn't had these issue it wouldn't be detected until the pre-school check by which stage the damage is guaranteed to be permanent and irreversible.

He's been to the hospital, gp and has had his jabs but these things are all time pressured and deal with only the issue you're there with. A gp has told me before to make a separate appointment for my child - one appointment, one issue (same child). It took me 10 months to get health visitors and gps to listen to me long enough to consider my son's need for antibiotics every 3 weeks may just be because of a dairy allergy - eventually confirmed. He was nearly 2 before he got his MMR because he was constantly on antibiotics.

Yes in an ideal world these things would be seen but... my son has permanent damage to his sight that perhaps could have been prevented. If signing this petition can help children keep their sight, pick up on speech problems etc then I think it's worth it.

All that said everyone is clearly entitled to their opinion and I only ask people who agree to sign but I do want people to know that this petition exists to give them that choice.
#14
Every child in UK from new 1 month old to school age has an allocated health visitor (legal requirement). If you don't know where or how to contact yours, ask at your surgery for the contact details. Apart from attending clinics for vaccinations, in many areas the set timed checks no longer take place. However, any parent can still attend these clinics for advice.

It is left to parents to raise any concerns they have eg feeding, walking etc. You can also raise these concerns with GP, nurse etc. In some areas, HVisitors are overwhelmed with badly treated children but baby clinics are still held and you are entitled to advice if you need it.

AND, I am at a loss to understand why the ability to speak English has anything to do with child development. Speech delay is a serious problem but that is not related to language
banned#15
Neither of mine where seen by hv after they where a few weeks old, of course they where seen if a gp visit was ever needed, and where seen by the nurse for all their injections, this is the same for all children if their parents so wish, all births are registered, all children have a HV, how involved you want them is up to each parent but they are there for every child
#16
My little boy who is now 4, didn't have his 18 - 2 year check until i chased it up at the GP surgery when he was 2 1/2yr.:x The H/V who came to the house, hadn't even sat down for 2 minutes before she made a diagnosis of he has a speach problem he will be reveiwed in 3 months time. (She wasn't interested in looking at my son, more getting back out the house.
My son never had his 3 - 3 1/2 year check either, so i chased this the other week, to be told he doesn't get a check now until school. They stopped the 3 year check ages ago. There are no notes in his red book to say the 2 year check up was followed up, so someone is coming to see him this week.
#17
cathglend
My little boy who is now 4, didn't have his 18 - 2 year check until i chased it up at the GP surgery when he was 2 1/2yr.:x The H/V who came to the house, hadn't even sat down for 2 minutes before she made a diagnosis of he has a speach problem he will be reveiwed in 3 months time. (She wasn't interested in looking at my son, more getting back out the house.
My son never had his 3 - 3 1/2 year check either, so i chased this the other week, to be told he doesn't get a check now until school. They stopped the 3 year check ages ago. There are no notes in his red book to say the 2 year check up was followed up, so someone is coming to see him this week.


are you concerned about his speech?
#18
louloo
are you concerned about his speech?


no he's fine. H/V would have seen his speak was fine, if she had been there for more than 5mins!!
#19
To get any where near my hv you have to hassle incessantly and it wears you down. I've raised I wasn't sure my little one was hearing properly after a perforated eardrum on 3 occasions over more than a month and still getting nowhere. Development checks forces a little bit of time where you can raise concerns that you maybe don't think are significant but actually are or that as a first time mum, say, you just don't know. Since my son has been told he has permanent damage to his eyes, I've heard of 3 children all locally in exactly the same position. When I told my hv and my little one's MMR appointment she looked straight at the nurse, not me. They know the damage dropping these checks is doing to albeit not the majority of kids but enough to make it wrong. (I don't blame the hv, I know they're stretched but it still simply isn't working.)
[mod]#20
pennypinchinmum;4239455
To get any where near my hv you have to hassle incessantly and it wears you down. I've raised I wasn't sure my little one was hearing properly after a perforated eardrum on 3 occasions over more than a month and still getting nowhere. Development checks forces a little bit of time where you can raise concerns that you maybe don't think are significant but actually are or that as a first time mum, say, you just don't know. Since my son has been told he has permanent damage to his eyes, I've heard of 3 children all locally in exactly the same position. When I told my hv and my little one's MMR appointment she looked straight at the nurse, not me. They know the damage dropping these checks is doing to albeit not the majority of kids but enough to make it wrong. (I don't blame the hv, I know they're stretched but it still simply isn't working.)


If you are unhappy about any of the service they offer then you can raise a complaint with the governing body. Details of them http://www.nmc-uk.org/:)
#21
i find it shocking...the level of service varies so much-its a postcode lotto. We have a h/v at the docs-she is there for clinic weekly no appointment needed and if i call the docs she is there 3 days a week and is happy to chat on the phone or will come out. I have never had a problem with it and she is excellent!!

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