Preterm infants continue to have complex medical and developmental issues after discharge from the neonatal intensive care unit. Over the past few decades there has been an increase in preterm births and a decrease in preterm mortality. Many infants are referred to follow-up clinics that specialize in neurodevelopmental assessment. Often, a community pediatrician or family practitioner provides both the medical management and observes developmental milestones of the high-risk neonate. Intense medical management, early identification of delay, and referral for developmental services may improve preterm infant outcomes. This article provides an overview of common medical and developmental problems specific to high-risk preterm infants.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health