The Child Development Unit (CDU)
Information for Parents

 

Reviewed by Anne Dezoete
September
2011
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Our follow up programme is available for children in the groups listed below who received special care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at National Women's Health.

It is provided as a service to parents and children, and to hospital staff. Parents have the advantage of regular assessments for their children so that any difficulties may be identified at an early age and appropriate help arranged. Hospital staff receive information on how the children assessed progress in the years after they go home.

A Psychologist (specialising in child development) will assess your child's development (cognitive, motor and behavioural). This service is in addition to periodic medical checks by the Paediatrician.

At present the Child Development Unit service is offered to the following groups of children

  1. BABIES WHO WEIGHED LESS THAN 1500 GRAMS AT BIRTH:
    These are seen at the ages of one and two years (adjusted age) and four years.

  2. OTHER INFANTS REFERRED BY CONSULTANT PAEDIATRICIANS:
    These are assessed at 2 years or as considered necessary, until the last appointment at 4 years.

 

Telephone contact:     (09) 3074949  Ext.25364

See also CDU site