Extra Care for High Risk Infants

October 31, 2014

For years families who have newborns admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit at Providence Tarzana Medical Center have been able to lean on the NICU staff even after their babies go home. They have a High-Risk Infant Follow-up Clinic to help address the unique issues faced by infants who have been hospitalized in the NICU or other surrounding hospitals. This summer Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills also will open its own High-Risk Infant Clinic.

The clinic staff evaluates children to assess neuromotor function, muscle tone, growth and nutrition, language development, social interaction, emotional behaviors, developmental milestones, overall health, and family support. The first formal assessment is recommended at 6 to 8 months corrected age (which is the child’s age minus the number of weeks the child was born prematurely) with subsequent assessments at 12 to 14 months and 18 to 24 months. Assessments are conducted by pediatric physical and occupational therapists. Call 1-888-HEALING for more information.