A HEALTH "passport" has been given to every child aged six or seven in Southampton in a novel project mounted by Norwich Union Healthcare and the city council.

Children's illnesses and medical treatments will be recorded in the passports as well as their changing height and weight and development of their teeth, hearing and eyesight.

A total of 3,500 children in city primary schools have received the passports, which they fill in with help from their teachers and parents.

Adam Beckett, of the Eastleigh-based medical insurance firm, said the passports were intended to help parents keep track of their children's health.

"Anything that helps children stay healthy is a good move," he said. "Bringing children up is difficult enough, without the added worry of ensuring you know the exact details of their medical history."