Premature Infant Follow-up

Premature Infant Follow-up

Advances in the medical care for children who are born prematurely and/or of low birth weight have lowered the incidence of death and severe mental and physical impairments. These advances have brought rise to understanding less severe forms of long term consequences of prematurity and low birth weight including school age outcomes. The Education and Child Development and Developmental Medicine Departments collaboratively examine the educational, temperamental, and behavioral outcomes of children who required specialized Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) services as infants and are now school age. Results from these studies fill in the gaps in the current literature and allow for better preventative services offered by neonatologists and psychologists working with these children.