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Child Health

Child Health

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health Programs and Services

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health has a number of programs and services that can support the families you work with.

Child Health CARELine
Public Health Nurses from our Child and Reproductive Health Program are available to speak with clients by phone to answer their questions about infant feeding, parenting, growth and development, and more. Our nurses can also connect clients with other programs and services to help support them as a parent.

The CARELine is also available for professionals seeking information or wishing to make referrals to our programs and services.
Call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 223

Infant Feeding Programs and Services

For information on our Breastfeeding Consultations, Baby Feeding Drop-Ins and Infant Feeding Classes, visit our Infant Feeding page.

Healthy Babies Healthy Children
Ontario's Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC) program provides home visits by a public health nurse to families with children up to six years of age that may benefit from additional prenatal, postpartum or parenting support. HBHC is a free, confidential and voluntary service for families that qualify for the program.

The following are possible indicators for a referral to HBHC:

  • prenatal health conditions or medical complications during pregnancy
  • prenatal smoking, alcohol or drug use
  • preterm or multiple birth
  • mother is less than 18 years of age
  • mother has not completed high school
  • parental history of depression, anxiety or mental illness
  • single parent, relationship stressors or lack of support
  • parenting concerns
  • concerns regarding the child’s health or growth and development
  • financial stressors
  • family does not have a primary care provider
  • family is new to Canada
  • family has involvement with the Children’s Aid Society (CAS)

Making a Referral

Referrals can be made with the family’s consent by calling the Child Health CARE Line at 613-966-5500, ext. 223 or by completing the HBHC screening tool and faxing it to 613-966-4363.

Ontario’s Enhanced 18-Month Well-Baby Visit

Eighteen months is a pivotal age in a child’s growth and may be the last regular check-up before a child starts school. This is a crucial opportunity to determine whether a child is meeting important developmental milestones using standardized tools such as the Rourke Baby Record and the Nipissing District Developmental Screen.

The enhanced visit allows health professionals to engage in a broader discussion with parents on topics that include their child’s speech and language, growth and development as well as feeding and behavioural issues. The visit is an opportunity to monitor growth and development for early identification of risk, and for referral to necessary early intervention and treatment.

Electronic Nipissing District Developmental Screen

It is important for parents to learn about their child’s development and use activities to promote healthy growth and development. eNDDS™ is a developmental checklist that follows a child from one month of age to six years. It provides a snapshot in time of a child's development, and a starting point for discussion with a health/child care professional.

Encourage your clients to sign up for the eNDDS. It's quick, easy and it's free.

Nutri-eSTEP Screening Tool

The Nutri-eSTEP Screening Tool is a useful nutrition screening tool to assess a child’s eating habits and identify nutrition problems. Encourage your clients to visit for screening tools and helpful information for toddlers and preschoolers.