What is the infant health record?
Your baby's infant health record is a coloured book that records important information about your baby's health, including their growth and development, vaccinations and health issues. The book might be blue, purple, red, green or yellow, depending on which state or territory you are in.
The infant health record will be in the newborn information pack you get in hospital when you have your baby.
The book helps all the health professionals who look after your baby to work together — and with you. It records all the important information they need, from when your child is born to when they start school, so it's important not to lose it and to take it with you to all your baby's appointments.
What information is recorded in the infant health record?
The infant health record contains health and development information right from the moment your baby is born. It includes details of the birth, vaccinations, when to go for health checks, and any illnesses or injuries.
When you visit a health professional, they will record your child's weight and measurements in the book. You can also add information yourself, such as details of any medicines your child is taking.
Infant health records also contain useful parenting information, tips on how to register your baby's birth, and somewhere to record your family's health history.
How should I use the infant health record?
You should take the infant health record with you whenever you have an appointment for your baby. This includes if it's with your doctor, midwife, child health nurse, at a hospital or immunisation clinic, or when they go to early childcare or school.
Remember to keep the book safe. It's a permanent record of your child's health. If you lose the book, ask your doctor or child health nurse about where you can get a replacement.
Why is the infant health record important?
It's important to monitor your baby's growth and development to check for early signs of possible problems. Recording all these measurements in one place, in the infant health record helps different health professionals recognise and treat any issues as early as possible.
By making sure the infant health record is up to date, you can be confident that all the different health professionals involved in your child's healthcare have all the information they need. It also has reminders of when to take them to the doctor or child health nurse for checks and vaccinations.
My Health Record
As well as your infant health record book, you can also register your baby for My Health Record. This is a digital health record that healthcare providers can upload health information.
You can also add your own notes about your child's development by logging in to your My Health Record through my.gov.au:
- Select the box with your child's name on the welcome screen to access their My Health Record.
- Go to the 'Documents' tab at the top of the page.
- Select 'Childhood Development'.
You can get a My Health Record for your newborn by:
- completing the questions on the Newborn Child Declaration form in your newborn information pack
- registering them for their My Health Record in MyGov when you enroll your baby for Medicare
My Health Record doesn't replace the infant health record book. Make sure you look after your infant health record and take it with you to appointments.
Resources and Support
You can find out about the infant health record in your state or territory at:
- ACT — Blue book
- NSW — Blue book
- NT — Yellow book
- Queensland — Red book
- SA — Blue book
- Victoria — Green book
- Tasmania — Blue book
- WA — Purple book
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Last reviewed: June 2023