High-Risk Infant Follow Up

The Newborn Developmental Follow Up Clinic at MassGeneral for Children at North Shore Medical Center provides comprehensive evaluations and follow-up services for children from birth to age two who may need medical or developmental support. Our specialists work with you and your child's primary care physician to maximize your child's developmental potential.
North Shore Medical Center pediatric patient high risk infant

Multidisciplinary Evaluation and Follow-Up

Our multidisciplinary team is made up of dedicated and qualified professionals with expertise in the care and management of at-risk infants and children in the hospital, home and community setting. Our team consists of board certified neonatologist (program director), pediatric registered nurse practitioner, occupational therapist and neuropsychologist.  Other professional disciplines are available to the team as indicated by the patient's needs.

Full Examination includes:

  • Complete physical exam
  • Standardized neurologic exam
  • Standardized developmental exam
  • Nutritional status evaluation
  • Occupational therapy screening

Car seat evaluation

A car seat evaluation is recommended for all babies born before 37 weeks gestation. The evaluation ensures that a premature baby is able to safely travel in a car seat without experiencing any difficulties breathing (such as desaturation, apnea, or bradycardia). Infants who are found to have breathing problems while in a car seat are instead placed in a type of car seat that allows them to lie flat (a car bed). A follow-up screening determines when it is safe for the premature infant to start using a traditional car seat.

The First Three Years

You and your baby are always part of our family. If your growing baby is found to be at higher risk for developmental issues, our pediatric nutrition experts, occupational therapists, neonatologists and psychologists will follow your baby from birth through the first three years. Our clinic provides education for parents and community providers, and we make referrals for Early Intervention and Partners Home Care.