Your options for getting help with your baby after the birth
Here you can read about how you can have the child examined and vaccinated after the birth if you are residing in Denmark without a yellow medical card.
Even if you and your child do not have a yellow medical card, you can still get the help needed to ensure that your child stays healthy and well.
Examinations immediately after the birth
It is standard procedure for newborns to be screened for hearing loss and jaundice and for the midwife to take a heel stick test to see if the baby has any congenital diseases. If you have given birth at a hospital, the child will have these examinations done before you are discharged.
If you have not given birth at a hospital you can contact one of The Health Clinics for Undocumented Migrants in Aarhus, Odense and Copenhagen. You can get the addresses fromproject manager Rikke Dalsted at email@example.com or by phone on + 45 31 71 61 64.
Examinations and vaccinations at The Health Clinics for Undocumented Migrants
The Health Clinics for Undocumented Migrants can perform all necessary examinations of your child, administer vaccinations and help you start breastfeeding.
The clinics are located in Aarhus, Odense and Copenhagen, and project manager Rikke Dalsted, who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on + 45 31 71 61 64, can give you the addresses.
Vaccinations up until the child turns 5 years old
In Denmark, the health authorities recommend that children are vaccinated against a range of diseases. Most parents follow these recommendations.
Some of these diseases are not widespread in Denmark today but are still found in a number of other countries. It is therefore possible that these diseases may return to Denmark or that your child may become infected during a trip abroad if they have not been vaccinated.
It is therefore important to follow the vaccination programme to ensure your child is protected. The Health Clinics for Undocumented Migrants can help with free vaccinations.
Children are vaccinated against nine diseases. See which diseases they are vaccinated against below, as well as when the vaccines are given:
Vaccinations when the child is 3 months, 5 months and 12 months old:
Haemophilus influenzae type b infection (e.g. meningitis)
Pneumococcal infection (e.g. pneumonia)
The vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio are repeated when the child is 5 years old.
Vaccinations when the child is 15 months and 4 years old:
In Denmark, all children are offered seven preventive health examinations during the first five years of their life. The examinations are done when the child is 5 weeks, 5 months, 1 year, 2 years, 3 years, 4 years and 5 years old.
During the examinations, the doctor will check whether the child is well and whether they are developing as expected in relation to their age.
Contact Rikke Dalsted from The Health Clinics for Undocumented Migrants at email@example.com or on telephone on + 45 31 71 61 64 to hear how your child can get these examinations if you do not have a yellow medical card.
Your child must be registered
In Denmark, all births must be registered within 14 days from the date of birth. If you gave birth in a hospital, the midwife will be responsible for the registration. She will create a replacement civil registration (CPR) number that you and the baby are both assigned in connection with the birth.