Pediatric Rehabilitation Services - Premature Birth/NICU Followup

Personalized, family-centered care for your newborn

U.S. News & World Report in 2013 ranks neonatal care at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital among the nation's best. University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital is ranked among the nation’s best in four medical specialties.


Soon after birth, most families take their newborn home. But sometimes a baby is born too early or becomes critically ill after birth. When that occurs, babies need advanced care they can get only in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Discovering that your baby needs specialized care is stressful. Our therapists understand your concerns and are ready to take compassionate, expert care of you and your newborn. As part of the NICU team our specialists include respiratory therapists, speech language pathologists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. These disciplines are staffed by therapists with expertise in prematurity and infant care. Our team will work with your child while they are hospitalized and provide assistance if needed for the transition to home. We will work together with you and the rest of the NICU team to create a rehabilitation plan specific to your child’s needs.

Conditions we treat
  • Complications from birth trauma
  • Congenital anomalies
  • Genetic abnormalities
  • Neural tube defects
  • Prematurity

What we work on
  • Motor Skill Development
  • Oral /Motor Development and Feeding Skills
  • Sensory Development
  • Examples of treatment
  • Passive range of motion exercises to maintain flexibility
  • Joint compression exercises to assist with bone integrity
  • Abdominal and chest wall exercises to assist with breathing
  • Visual motor exercises to improve ability to maintain a gaze or track
  • Non-nutritive feeding to improve ability to suck, to strengthen muscles
  • Bottle-feeding
  • Assist with positioning infants to improve state regulation, energy conservation and assist with joint alignment.
  • Use Kinesiotape to support weak muscles or help to align joints for movement
  • Customized splinting
  • Parent education
Follow-up care to monitor development
When premature infants are discharged from the hospital, we refer patients that qualify for early intervention services to continue to monitor developmental milestones in their home environment. Some infants are referred to outpatient therapy settings that are convenient for the family. Children born prematurely and children that experience trauma at birth are often followed until they are entering school years. That means your child can be followed with an individual plan that works to support development potential. Fairview pediatric rehabilitation specialists will be there for you and your child for as long as your child needs it.

Our team
Our team includes  respiratory therapists, speech language pathologists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists who have additional training and  expertise in prematurity and infant care.
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