Your baby’s specialized care doesn’t always end with discharge from the NICU. In conjunction with the Child Development Center at Goryeb Children’s Hospital we offer in-depth developmental follow-up care through the outpatient NICU Follow-up Program to selected NICU graduates. MANA neonatologists join developmental pediatricians, physical therapists, speech therapists, dietitians and social workers in comprehensive evaluations during the first 3 years of life. We recommend developmental follow-up for children with any of the following NICU complications:
- Very premature birth (< 32 weeks gestation)
- Very low birth weight (< 1500 grams)
- Neurological problems such as seizures or hydrocephalus
- Congenital malformations or syndromes
- Complex medical problems in the early weeks of life
- Feeding difficulty or poor weight gain in the NICU
- Serious infections at birth
This program is particularly important during the child’s first three years, the time when he is growing rapidly and learning many new skills. The earlier needs are identified, the sooner therapy can begin. Early intervention translates into better outcomes.
Infants may be scheduled for NICU follow-up at the time of discharge. In fact, we invite follow-up staff to meet with parents while their baby is still in the NICU whenever possible. In addition, pediatricians in the community may refer infants to the NICU Follow-up Program. If you are concerned that your child is not meeting his developmental milestones, speak to your pediatrician about how your child may benefit from the NICU Follow-up Program at Goryeb Children’s Hospital.
For more information, please call (973) 971-5227.