Follow-Up Care in the NICU

If you have a baby in the NICU at Rush with a birth weight of less 1,500 grams (3 pounds, 5 ounces), he or she may receive follow-up care in the Neonatal High Risk Follow-up Clinic.

The clinic monitors the following in babies up to 2 years of corrected age:

  • Growth
  • Neurologic issues, including muscle tone
  • Development

At what ages do babies visit the clinic?

Clinic visits are scheduled at the following ages (adjusted for prematurity):

  • 4, 8 and 20 months corrected age
  • Additional visits at 12 months are scheduled as needed

Who is on the multidisciplinary team?

The clinic’s multidisciplinary team consists of the following:

  • Neonatologists
  • Developmental psychologists
  • Physical therapists

What can we expect at each visit?

 At 4, 8 and 20 months:

  • A history, physical and neurologic exam by a neonatologist
  • Education on problems unique to preterm babies
  • Recommendations to maximize your child’s development

At 4 to 8 months:

  • Exercise teaching by a physical therapist 
  • Particularly for infants not already in therapy service

8 and 20 months:

  • Evaluation by a developmental psychologist
  • Administration of the Bayley Scales of Infant Development


Referrals may be made to other pediatric subspecialists as needed as well as to the Child and Family Connections, the intake agency for early intervention services in the state of Illinois. A letter detailing the visit will be sent to your child's pediatrician.