Clinical update

Premature babies: identifying problems and planning support

Guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence aims to improve early identification of developmental problems in children born prematurely by setting standards for follow-up

Guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence aims to improve early identification of developmental problems in children born prematurely by setting standards for follow-up

Essential facts

Almost 49,000 babies are born preterm, or before 37 weeks’ gestation, in the UK every year. About 5% of these are before 28 weeks. Preterm birth is associated with an increased risk of developmental problems and disorders including developmental challenges, physical, sensory, cognitive and learning disorders, and emotional and behavioural problems. These may extend into adolescence and can be lifelong.

What’s new

Guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) aims to improve the identification of developmental problems and disorders in children born prematurely by setting standards for follow-up. NICE says the guidance should improve outcomes for these children by reducing variation in follow-up and enabling

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