Baby's Health

Sapporo Moms Meetup

Sapporo City will be hosting an international event for parents raising children in Sapporo and their children at the Horokita Kid’s Hall (Horokita jido kaikan) in the Kita Ward. Foreign national parents living in Sapporo and Japanese families living in the area are more than welcome. Details are as[…] [Read More]

the English-Japanese Well-Baby Questionnaires  

the English-Japanese Well-baby Questionnaires ”日英併記乳幼児健診アンケート” Regular checkups are held at the Health Center in Sapporo. They help to monitor children’s health and development.  Fill out the English-Japanese questionnaire below in advance of your well-baby and child’s check-up at the Health Center […] [Read More]

Beware of risk of a baby’s hip dislocation (dysplasia).

It is very important to take care of your baby properly. Congenital dislocation of the hip, or developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) is a hip joint dislocation(股関節脱臼”kokansetsu-dakkyu”). DDH occurs rarely in 1 to 3 baby per 1,000 births. Careful handling of a baby will help prevent and redu[…] [Read More]

How to introduce your baby to solid foods

Your baby’s first solid foods Introducing your baby to solid foods – sometimes called weaning should start when your baby is around 5 to 6 months old. This guides you on how to introduce your baby to solid foods. A document provided by Sapporo city in English and Japanese. When to start weanin[…] [Read More]

Weaning your baby

How do you prepare for the happy start of your job return? The first week of returning to your job may be very stressful for you. Therefore, we recommend you start it in the middle of the week, so that the weekend will come soon! The WHO recommends giving breast milk for up to 2 years and beyond, an[…] [Read More]

Infectious diseases that prevent a child from attending day care without permission from a doctor.   感染症罹患後の登園許可

The purpose of this form is to enable a sick child to return to day care. A day care center is where infants and children spend a lot of time participating in group activities. The chart below lists diseases that the child’s doctor will provide observation on regarding the condition of his/her[…] [Read More]

Infectious Childhood Diseases which require a Parental Report of recovery confirmed by a doctor. 医師の診断を受け、保護者が記入する登園届が必要な感染症

To parents whose child has recently recovered from an infectious disease: Before your child returns to day care, please submit the report. (The child’s general health must be good in order for him/her to be able to attend the day care center.) Day care centers are where infants and children spend a […] [Read More]

Long-Term TV/Video Watching Risks Infants

Pediatricians and child development specialists are being confronted by parents saying, that their children are showing symptoms of language development delay, poor facial expressions and lack of eye contact. They have discovered that these children tend to have prolonged exposure to mass media (suc[…] [Read More]

Baby Walker    (We do not recommend the use of Baby Walker.)

Beware of accident Baby walkers are being sold and used in Japan. Canada has banned the selling of baby walkers for ten years. In the USA only one type is allowed to be sold. Baby walkers have been banned because they frequently fall over and the babies fall out, causing head injuries and sometimes […] [Read More]

Soft chairs (We do not recommend the use of soft chairs.)

The use of soft chairs is not recommended. That’s because it does not train your baby to sit properly. Even if a 3-4 month old baby seems able to sit on a soft chair, it does not necessarily mean that the baby can already sit upright. This happens only because the soft chair tends to wrap around and[…] [Read More]

Well-baby check-ups

There are kinds of well-baby check-ups. Home visit and check-ups by midwives New mothers may feel anxious because they are not used to life at home with their new baby Please submit the yellow postcard in your boshi-techo (maternal and child health handbook) to the ward office (kuyakusho) or health […] [Read More]