'Red Book' launched in Scotland to record child health

Scotland has introduced a national 'Red Book' for parents to keep a handy record of their child's health, including immunisations, growth patterns and details of routine reviews.

The 'Red Book' creates a national standard in child development
The 'Red Book' creates a national standard in child development

The 'Red Book' replaces a series of different local versions with a single national edition. The Scottish government claims it is the first record to include WHO growth charts developed for use in the UK by a Scottish academic, which use breastfed and not bottle-fed babies' growth as the norm.

Scotland's public health minister Shona Robison said: ‘Having a national standard means children benefit from better information sharing between GP and hospital care, or if they move from one health board to another. The books also provide mums and dads with guidance on what to expect as their baby develops.'

Scottish academic Professor Charlotte Wright, from Glasgow University, led the Royal College of Paediatrics team which developed the WHO growth charts for use in the UK.

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