High Risk Infant Clinic
Specialty Team Centers - High Risk Infant Team Center
The Loma Linda Children’s Hospital High Risk Infant Clinic sees children who have been critically ill as newborns or are graduates of a Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery, and who may be in need of follow-up special care and assistance. These children require continued follow-up from various specialists to begin individualized need-specific interventions early to optimize their outcomes .
Our High Risk Infant Clinic enables parents to maintain an active role in their children’s care while allowing them to achieve their full potential.
Who is “At-Risk”
“At-Risk” infants are usually those who are born prematurely, are seriously ill as newborns, or have shown developmental delays in the first year of life. They are at risk for problems with language, hearing, sight, feedings, behavioral, motor, and intellectual development.
Early identification of these potential problems is essential to ensure a child’s optimal development. Our High Risk Infant Clinic evaluates children across multiple disciplines to address developmental concerns and helps provide referrals to specialists as needed.
Infants and Children We See
The High Risk Infant Clinic evaluates children between the ages of 2 -36 months to assess developmental milestones. Clinic staff are also available for consultation when the primary care physician is concerned about any developmental delays or problems for a child under the age of three.
Area hospitals and primary care physicians may refer children to the clinic. The primary care physician will receive a copy of our clinic’s recommendations to assist with follow-up care.
We may see your infant if he/she has:
(additional conditions possible)
- Certain difficulties during the birth process
- Chronic lung disease
- Treatment with Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) or inhaled nitric oxide
- Congenital heart disease
- Low birth weight and prematurity
- Neurological complications: intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH), seizure, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, stroke, meningitis
- And other eligible diagnoses under California Children’s Service criteria
Parents of children with insurance coverage should check with their health plan before the appointment time to determine if costs will be covered. HMO patients are required to obtain pre-authorization. Children covered by Medi-Cal may also be eligible for CCS coverage.