Neonatal Follow-up Clinic
The Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic is available for babies born at increased risk of after-discharge problems who were cared for in the Gundersen Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Our staff monitors your child's physical and developmental progress for the first five years and looks for any possible problems resulting from a premature or distressed birth. Depending on your child's needs, experts from a variety of specialties may see them. The Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic does not replace the care provided by your primary care physician. You will receive a complete report of your visit.
At 6 months your child will be seen through the Follow-Up Clinic. Your baby will be scheduled to see a pediatric provider of your choice, a pediatric therapist, a nutritionist and a social worker. These people may have seen or worked with you and your infant when your baby was hospitalized. Other specialties are sometimes included, depending on your child's needs.
If your baby was born prematurely, appointments will be scheduled at your baby's 'adjusted' age. For example, if your baby was born two months early, their 6-month follow-up would be at their actual age of 8 months.
Your baby may be seen at 9 months if they have specific risk factors.
The 12-month follow-up visit is similar to the 6-month visit. The 3-year appointment will be made at your child's actual age. This can be an important and valuable visit; speech, language skills, and social interaction will be assessed. The 5-year appointment is important to evaluate a preschooler's development and readiness for school.