In his or her first years of life, your baby will be examined at regular intervals by a paediatrician. These frequent examinations are aimed at identifying and treating behavioural difficulties or illnesses as soon as possible. On the one hand, the paediatrician will examine your child’s state of health (organs, skin, nervous system and bone structure), weight and growth, while on the other hand the development of your child's motor skills, senses and intellectual and psychological faculties will also be tested. Your doctor will answer your questions and provide you with support if you are uncertain about any matter.
Your child should receive a general check-up at the following ages: 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 to 12 months, 15 to 18 months, 2 years, 4 years, 6 years, 10 years and 14 years. Your doctor will inform you of any additional tests that may be required.
As part of your child's general health check-ups, he or she will receive their first immunisations. Although the debate for and against immunisation continues, most parents decide to have their children immunised against various dangerous infections in accordance with their doctor’s recommendations.
Modern vaccines are effective and safe and at worst trigger harmless reactions such as fever, irritability and/or swelling, redness or pain caused by the injection. Severe complications caused by immunisation are extremely rare and therefore are not a reason to choose against immunising your child.
For more information on the subject of immunisation and the official Swiss Immunisation Schedule, please see the Guide section.