Your child’s brain develops a lot in the first three years of life. When a baby enters the world prematurely or with neonatal complications, it’s important to keep a close eye on more than just physical progress after leaving the hospital. When you act early, you give your child a boost!
If your baby was born prematurely or with neonatal complications, the Child Development Center and our healthcare partners offer free monitoring of your little one’s development. Development isn’t just physical. Our caring and expert team tracks growth in how your little one communicates, learns, plays and more.
If your child was in the NICU, your doctor or nurse will probably ask permission to refer your baby to NICU Follow-Up Clinics. You will be asked to bring your baby in for Follow-Ups at 6, 12, 18, and 24 or 30 months. The purpose is to help make sure that your baby’s brain can develop as healthily as possible, and to connect your family with additional support if needed.
In collaboration with Missoula’s Community Medical Center, the Child Development Center hosts and administers NICU Follow-Up Clinics twice a month at our local Missoula office. Kalispell Regional Healthcare also works with the Child Development Center to host and administer monthly NICU Follow-Up Clinics at their facilities.
If you are interested in participating in NICU Follow-Up Clinics, get started by making a referral. We also recommend that you speak with your child’s pediatrician or other healthcare provider. He or she can refer your child to NICU Follow-Up Clinics with your permission.
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