Everything you need to know about your child’s health, in your hands.
The birth of a child is a time of celebration for families. However, it can also be a season of stress and uncertainty as parents adapt to a new way of life with their bundle of joy.
As parents juggle multiple responsibilities at home and at the workplace, it’s easy to lose track of vital information or let precious moments slip you by. But with the right support, you can enjoy greater peace of mind to focus on what matters most.
Read on to find out how you can use HealthHub, a mobile app by Singapore’s Health Promotion Board, for a positive parenting experience.
Ron and Angeline are first-time parents in their 20s, and their baby boy is four months old.
Although Ron and Angeline have family members and friends who are experienced parents, they are sometimes overwhelmed by the conflicting advice that they receive. Due to peer pressure, they have also fretted about their baby boy’s development, and they have asked themselves if they should be doing more.
Angeline follows several parenting web sites and blogs, and she has also joined some parenting groups on Facebook. Yet, she secretly yearns to step away from the information overload to sit back, relax, and enjoy her baby together with her husband.
Here’s how the Children’s Health section on HealthHub can help new parents like Ron and Angeline:
Monitor & Record Milestones Easily
It is the question on every new parent’s mind: is my child developing at a healthy pace?
The Milestones feature in Children’s Health allows you to check on your child’s progress at any time or place. Simply log in to access the section, and you can view developmental milestones by age group.
If your child has achieved a milestone, such as “smiling spontaneously,” you can record the date for posterity by clicking “Yes” under the relevant milestone. As your child grows, you will be able to relive these priceless moments by reviewing your child’s Milestones log.
Bond With Your Little One
Under each milestone, there is also a suggested activity for you to carry out with your child to promote bonding and development.
For instance, from the time your baby is one month old, you can put on your favourite song, and sway and clap together with your little one. This provides early exposure to music and rhythm, and the activity can be great fun for the entire family.
Use the suggested activities to spend quality time with your little one and create memories that will last a lifetime.
David and Clara are working parents with a new baby girl as well as a son who is about to enter Primary 1.
Clara is still on maternity leave, but she is preoccupied with preparing her son for school. At the same time, she is dealing with physical and mental exhaustion from caring for a new baby, and she is concerned that she may inadvertently forget her baby girl’s medical appointments, vaccination dates, and other important health information.
David and Clara have also wondered how they can organise their son’s health information after he enters Primary 1.
Here’s how the Children’s Health section can help parents like David and Clara, who have little ones as well as older children:
Track Your Baby’s Growth
The Growth Charts feature on Children’s Health allows you to record and track your child’s height, weight, and head circumference at regular intervals, not only during paediatrician visits, but from the comfort of your home as well.
After you enter your child’s growth information, HealthHub will generate a percentile value for each measurement that you provide. You can use this value to assess if your child is developing at a healthy rate, compared to others in his or her age group.
View Your Child’s Health Records
If your child needs medical attention, your family’s health provider may wish to view his or her health records.
If your child is in primary school, you can use Children’s Health to easily access his or her immunisation records and results of health assessments conducted in school, such as vision tests, hearing screenings, and height and weight checks.
Take Charge Of Your Child’s Health Today
HealthHub is available for download from the App Store or Google Play Store on your mobile phone.
Once your download is complete, select the MyHealth section and click on Children’s Health. You will be prompted for your Singpass ID and password to log in. Enter the one-time password sent to you via your mobile phone.
Upon logging in, choose the Add Child option and enter your child’s birth certificate number to begin using the features. For more information, visit healthhub.sg/childrenhealth.