NICU Growth & Development Clinic

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Children challenged by prematurity, birth complications, medical conditions or sickness at birth often need extra care even after they have gone home. NICU graduates are also at a higher risk for developmental and growth delays than well, full term babies and it’s important to identify any issues as early as possible.

To support your child’s development from infancy through childhood they may be enrolled in your hospital’s NICU follow up program.

Generally they are staffed by a multidisciplinary team and depending on your child’s age or needs, may see one or any combination of the following medical professionals;

  • Neonatologist / Paediatrician /Nurse
  • Physiotherapist
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Child Psychologist
  • Dietician / Nutritionist

Your child may be required to see the NICU Growth and Development Clinic at set times, for example; at 6 months, 12 months, 18 months and 24 months chronological age and then yearly. The NICU Growth and Development clinic does not replace the medical care by your paediatrician, GP or any other specialist your baby may need to see.

Long term monitoring of children challenged by prematurity or sickness also provides vital information, helping health providers evaluate the care they provide.

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