Children who are born prematurely benefit from special monitoring and intervention during their first years of life. The Infant Follow-Up Program (IFUP) provides ongoing medical and developmental evaluation and support for very premature infants.
The IFUP is based at Children’s Hospital Boston and is supported by Children’s Division of Newborn Medicine and the newborn intensive care units (NICUs) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Boston.
Babies are referred to the program from the NICUs by their nurses and doctors. Referrals can also come from pediatricians, Early Intervention providers, and parents.
We provide consultation to families and pediatricians regarding developmental and medical issues that are specific to premature infants.
How Boston Children's approaches prematurity
Our multi–disciplinary team includes pediatricians, neonatologists, pediatric psychologists, physical therapists, social workers and if needed, pediatric neurologists. At each visit, we evaluate your infant's development and recommend ways to manage any health or developmental problems that may arise. We also coordinate referrals to other medical specialties such as Audiology, Feeding and Nutrition, Gastroenterology, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, Occupational Therapy, Pulmonary and Speech and Language for evaluations as needed.
The Infant Follow-up Program at Children's is designed for babies who are born at less than or equal to 32 weeks gestational age. Patients in this program are assessed about every six months until they reach age 3. Services include evaluation by a neonatologist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, neurologist, child psychologist and/or social worker. Our staff coordinates with your pediatrician and your child's EI program about any concerns you may have.