Premature Babies

Premature babies are often small for their age and may develop slower than a full-term baby.  If you feel your child is at risk for developmental delays or has feeding difficulties, discuss your concerns with your pediatrician and inquire about the need for physical therapy and/or occupational therapy.

Our physical therapists can evaluate and determine if exercises can help your premature baby’s development. Physical therapists look closely at how a baby’s muscle tone is affecting his or her ability to move, and they can develop a plan to change movement patterns and assist the baby in acquiring new skills. Exercises help develop strength and coordination and can include head lifting, rolling and crawling.

Premature infants may have difficulty sucking from a bottle or breast, eating baby food and gaining weight. Our Occupational Therapists specialize in helping babies with feeding issues.  This program stresses the participation of the family/caregiver and includes home exercises with periodic visits for therapy as needed.  Some children benefit from regular weekly therapy, but often premature infants benefit the most by our therapists helping the families learn techniques to use at home.