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Clinical update

Preterm births

New guidelines published by National Institute for Health and Care Excellence aim to identifiy the developmental problems in children born prematurely. 

What’s new?

New guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence aims to improve the identification of developmental problems in children born prematurely by setting standards for follow-up, reducing variation and enabling benchmarking of neonatal care. It also offers advice for parents when their baby is discharged from hospital.

NICE calls for developmental surveillance up to and at two years (corrected age, that is the original due date) to identify major problems. A later developmental assessment for children at high risk aims to identify issues more apparent at school age.

Healthcare professionals providing community care for babies born preterm should be able to recognise and address concerns about sleeping, provide feeding support and help parents interact with their baby.

Signs and symptoms

Among the disorders nurses should be looking out for in preterm children are cerebral


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