Improvement in perinatal and neonatal care has led to increased survival of infants who are ‘at-risk’ for long-term morbidities, such as developmental delay and visual/hearing problems. These babies need to be followed up regularly to assess neurodevelopmental outcomes and early intervention therapy (EIT). EIT has proven to be highly effective at helping improve developmental outcomes
Paediatric Neurologists/Paediatricians specially trained in development and neonatology, Registers, Paediatricians who are placed in our centre on rotation basis, trainee post-graduate paediatricians, Developmental therapists and medical social workers.
Children who attend here
High risk infants who need follow-up care will attend this clinic. These include babies born in our hospital with a birth weight of <1800 gram and/or gestational age of <35 weeks, small for date(<3rd centile), babies having history of Perinatal asphyxia –Apgar score 3 or <5 minutes and/or hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy, babies requiring mechanical ventilation for >24 hours, neonatal seizures, neonatal septicaemia, hyperbilirubinaemia >20mg/L or requirement of exchange transfusion, twins with intrauterine death of co-twin, major malformations, inborn errors of metabolism/other genetic disorders and the babies having abnormal neurological examination at discharge. This centre will also attend to the babies referred from outside by Paediatricians or Obstetricians with any of these problems. At the same time parental concern about delay in their babies will taken care of here.