NICU Follow-up Clinic
Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Follow-up Clinic is dedicated to the health, learning and development of NICU graduates.
Who should participate?
The NICU Follow-up Clinic provides comprehensive services to children cared for in NICUs across the Richmond metropolitan area. The clinic accepts patients who:
- Were born before 32 weeks of pregnancy
- Were small for gestational age (SGA)
- Had pulmonary hypertension severe enough to require nitric oxide or ECMO
- Had seizures, hypoxic encephalopathy or meningitis
- Had an intracranial hemorrhage (bleeding in the brain) or PVL (brain cysts)
- Had persistent hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
- Received an exchange blood transfusion
- Were exposed to certain drugs in the mother
- Have genetic or chromosomal abnormalities
- Have a congenital infection (e.g., CMV)
Why should my child participate?
Babies who required hospitalization in the NICU and have any of the conditions listed above may have a higher chance of later health, growth and developmental problems. Finding these problems early can allow you to begin treatment early to help build a healthy future. Many of these problems can be improved with treatment, such as physical therapy, medications or special diets.
What will the follow-up team do for my child?
The multidisciplinary NICU follow-up team includes a neonatologist, pediatric developmental specialist, geneticist and physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist who will help your child grow and develop to his or her highest
Members of the NICU follow-up team will:
- Examine your child
- Review current progress
- Make recommendations for promoting development
- Recommend additional specialty care as needed
- Test your child’s language and physical development
- Show you activities that will help your child’s development
- Refer your child to Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia if needed (for physical, occupational or speech therapy in your home)
- Talk with you about your child’s feeding habits
- Refer your child to a specialty feeding program and/or nutritionist if needed
- Appointments will be made for your child three, six, 12, 18 and 24 months after their due date.
- It is very important to arrive on time and keep all of your child’s scheduled appointments.
- Clinic hours are Mondays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Appointment line: (804) 828-CHOR (2467)
Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU
Brook Road Campus
2924 Brook Road
Richmond, Virginia 23220