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Special Infant Care Clinic (SICC)

The Special Infant Care Clinic (SICC) provides care to infants and toddlers from birth to 2 years of age who are considered to be at high risk for developmental problems. While many of our patients are "graduates," or former patients, of N.C. Children's Hospital's Newborn Critical Care Center, our multidisciplinary team of clinicians also treats children from other hospitals throughout the state who have been identified as at higher risk for developmental abnormalities.

The Special Infant Care Clinic provides programs and services that complement the health care provided in the local community. The clinic team includes physicians, nursing staff, social workers, and physical therapists as well as a speech pathologist and nutritionist. Other medical specialties are available for consultation as needed.

Our clinicians emphasize developmental evaluation and intervention programs for infants diagnosed with, or at risk for, developmental delays. Audiology, feeding and nutrition evaluations are also accessible, and the SICC aids in the case management of infants followed by multiple subspecialties. In addition, the SICC provides follow-up for patients involved in clinical research protocols.

Children are generally followed for two years, with follow-up coordinated through the infant's local physician or Public Health Department. Long-term follow up for those with handicaps is arranged with appropriate medical specialists or developmental intervention groups.

All children should have developmental screening at routine appointments with medical providers throughout childhood. Children who are considered to be at higher risk for developmental problems and those already identified with concerns will benefit from more extensive screening and early intervention. Infants discharged from our Newborn Critical Care Center (NCCC) are screened for the likelihood of emerging developmental problems. This applies even when infants are back transferred to community hospitals for the remainder of their growth and recovery from acute illness or prematurity.

The SICC welcomes infants at high risk for or with diagnosed neurodevelopmental delays for evaluation and follow-up. For inquiries and patient appointments, please contact Lori Carter, RN, BSN at (919) 843-0956 or lori_carter@med.unc.edu.

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