NICU Follow-up Clinic

Address: Javon Bea Hospital-Rockton, 2400 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford, IL  61103

Phone: Secretary (appointments / referrals): (815) 971-4920

Fax: (815) 971-9809 (Dept. of Child Development and Behavior/Neonatal Follow-up)

Location: Mercyhealth Rockton Campus, North Office Building (2500 N. Rockton Ave.), first floor, east end

Medical Director:  Pablo Morales, MD, neonatologist

Appointments:  First appointments are made by NICU nurses at discharge

Why is neonatal follow-up needed?

Transitioning to home from intensive care with a fragile infant is challenging for even the most prepared families. Families need specialized nursing, developmental, and growth/nutritional guidance. Follow-up clinic staff members are experts on the impact of illness and prematurity in the early years of life.

NICU graduates are at a higher risk for developmental and growth delays. Periodic evaluations provide reassurance children are doing well, and they provide the support children need if challenges emerge.

New medical problems occur after some newborn conditions.  Recognition of problems and recommendations for medical management are also functions of the clinic. Recommendations are always sent to pediatricians, who remain the primary care providers.

What happens at clinic visits?

A pediatric nurse practitioner, dietitians, and developmental therapists are available to see children. Visits are one and a half hours long, giving us the time to assess growth and development and show families what they need to know to best support their infant’s progress. We work with pediatricians and the early intervention system to coordinate care.

Who pays for follow-up visits?

Visits are billed to medical cards or private insurance plans.  Charges for follow-up visits vary slightly according to the complexity of the visits. However, for a total of roughly one thousand dollars a family could receive all six regular visits over a three year span of time.

Routine Neonatal Follow-up Clinic Visits*

2-4 weeks after discharge:

Feeding and growth assessment by dietitian; neurodevelopmental exam by pediatric nurse practitioner

4 months adjusted age:

Feeding and growth assessment by dietitian; gross motor assessment by occupational therapist or physical therapist using a standardized motor assessment.

10 months adjusted age:

Feeding and growth assessment by dietitian; assessment of all skill area by child development specialist using the Bayley Scales of Infant Development

18 months adjusted age:

Feeding and growth assessment by dietitian; assessment of speech and language skills by speech therapist using the Rossetti Infant-Toddler Language Scale

24 months and 36 months chronological age:

Feeding and growth assessment by dietitian; assessment of all skill areas by child development specialist using the Bayley Scales of Infant Development

School Age Clinic, ages 4, 5, 6, and 7 years:

Available for graduates of Neonatal Follow-up Clinic for assessment of developmental/educational/behavioral concerns; specialties available include clinical psychologist, developmental specialists; dietitians, developmental pediatrician, and neuropsychologist

*Additional visits can be added at any time as needed

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