Children's health

Children learn good habits in their earliest years, so it is important to encourage healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

Further information

Healthy start vouchers

Selected traders at both Leicester and Beaumont Market will be accepting Healthy Start vouchers from 12 February 2018, on a pilot scheme.

These vouchers aim to help those on certain benefits give their child the best start in life by giving vouchers for free fruit, vegetables and milk. 

Protect your child from button batteries

Button batteries can be found in many toys, games and small electrical items (e.g. musical greetings cards) and could be mistaken for small silver coloured sweets.

If they are swallowed or eaten the battery can generate an electrical charge which produces sodium hydroxide (caustic soda), this can then lead to severe internal injury and possibly be fatal.

It is important to make sure that all items that may contain these batteries have the battery compartment securely closed (preferably with a lockable compartment – be very careful with electronic cards as they do not have lockable compartments) and all loose batteries be kept out of children’s way. 

If you suspect that anyone has swallowed a battery then seek medical advice immediately as injury can happen very soon after ingestion.

For more information, please download our poster and leaflet at the bottom of this page.

Children's health advice

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s health and wellbeing then we have a booklet which can help. You can download it at the bottom of the page.

If you need specific advice, please contact your GP.

Health visitors

If you're pregnant and you live in Leicester, you'll be assigned a health visitor before your child is born. Your health visitor will see your child at least six times before they are two-and-a-half years old, but you can get support from your health visitor at any time up until your child is five.

We also have a family nurse partnership, which is a team of health visitors who provide intensive support to first time mums under 19 years old in Leicester. The health visitors will work with the family until their child is two years old.

If you are unsure who your health visitor is or how to contact them please ring 0300 3000 007.

School nurses and your GP

The school nurse team work with children aged five to 19 in Leicester on a range of issues including emotional health; smoking and drugs and alcohol.

School nurses run weekly clinics in all secondary schools and can be contacted through Chat Health, a confidential text messaging service, on 07520 615386.

There is also information on the Health for Kids and Health for Teens websites linked to above.

You can also speak to your doctor about any health concerns you have. If you aren’t registered with a GP you can find your nearest one online.

National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP)

All children in reception and year six are weighed and measured as part of this government programme, and the results will be sent to their parents. This takes place in school and is carried out by the school nursing team. For more information contact your child's school nursing team.

Watch the video on YouTube for more information on NCMP and the important role it plays from the viewpoint of a GP and public health school nurse, as well as explaining how families can get support through Family Lifestyle Clubs (FLiC).

There are a range of local and nationwide services that provide healthy recipes, exercise and physical activities to support a change in your child’s diet and lifestyle. Find useful links for advice and support at the bottom of this page.

Safer Sleep

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the term for the sudden unexpected death of a baby or toddlers where no cause is found.

The Safer Sleep campaign works with parents and carers to reduce the risk of SIDS by raising awareness and education. Visit the Lullaby Trust for more information.

You can reduce the risk of SIDS by following some simple hints and tips such as

  • keeping the baby away from smoke at all times
  • not sleeping in the same bed as their baby
  • placing the baby on their backs when putting them to bed.

More information is available in our fact sheet, which can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

Strategy to Support Healthy Pregnancy, Birth and Babies in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland 2019-2024

The strategy has been developed by a range of partner organisations who have come together to form the Healthy Babies Strategy Group (HBSG), in recognition of the importance of this issue for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR). You can find the strategy document below.

Useful links