High Risk Clinic for NICU Babies
Whenever a baby, who was born either prematurely or with medical issues, is discharged from our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), it is very important for us to continue to follow that baby’s progress for two to three years. Even if a baby seems fine when it leaves the NICU, because of the its condition at or shortly after birth, it has an increased risk for delays in its growth and development.
Fortunately, if caught early and treated promptly, many of these issues can be lessened or eliminated. We created the NICU High Risk Clinic to give support and referrals to parents to help make sure that their child is safe, thriving and able to reaches its potential.
A team of expert neonatologists and other pediatric specialists follows babies who have been discharged from the NICU at the High Risk Clinic. This allows for follow-up care from many of the same doctors who treated the baby in the NICU. Doctors check for developmental milestones, watch for possible complications and provide ongoing treatment as part of our continuum of care.
These highly trained doctors are skilled at recognizing any issues that may cause problems down the road. And the good news is that NICU graduates who are tracked by our clinic often have better outcomes than babies whose progress is not followed.
What We Do
- Check on your baby’s development through a series of tests
- Monitor how your baby is growing and eating
- Provide you with educational support and materials
- Connect you to specialists and Early Intervention services if they’re needed
The High Risk Clinic is staffed by a group of skilled Stony Brook Children’s neonatologists trained to assess and monitor babies who were born ill and/or premature. All of the practice’s physicians are board-certified.
Aruna Parekh, MD
Echezona Maduekwe, MD
Shanthy Sridhar, MD
Make an Appointment:
Appointments at the High Risk Clinic take about 60 minutes each. Babies are seen at 3 months (*corrected gestational age), 6 months (*corrected gestational age), and again every 3 to 6 months until your child is 2 to 3 years old, based on your baby’s needs.
Please schedule your first appointment for when your baby will be 3 months *corrected gestational age.
(631) 444-KIDS (5437)
Thursdays, 8 am to noon
37 Research Way, East Setauket
Please call at least 24 hours in advance if you need to reschedule your appointment. Thank you.
*Corrected Gestational Age
Corrected gestational age is the age your baby would have been if he/she was had been in the womb for 40 weeks. For example, if your baby was born 2 months before your due date, his/her actual age is 5 months old but his/her corrected gestational age is 3 months old.) If your baby was born full-term, you can make your appointment for when your baby is actually 3 months old.