In Austria, a child’s health is usually overseen by a pediatrician (Kinderartz).
A mother-child-booklet (Mutter-Kind-Pass) is issued to every expectant mother in Austria. Mandatory examinations during the pregnancy, after the birth, and ongoing until the child’s fifth birthday are documented in this. If you arrived in Austria after the birth of your child, the booklet will be given to you by your child’s pediatrician – you may need to ask. It is important to keep up with the mandatory check-ups as payments during parental leave are subject to the check-ups being done on time.
Vaccinations are not compulsory in Austria, however, there is a recommended schedule and insured children can get some vaccinations free of charge. There is a risk of tick-borne encephalitis in all Austrian states and the FSME (Frühsommer-Meningoencephalitis) vaccination is highly recommended.
To find a doctor, you can use Docfinder or Praxisplan, both allowing you to search by specialty (choose “Kinder- und Jugendheilkunde” for pediatricians) and geographic area, as well as filtering the results by insurance coverage, reviews and even language(s) spoken.