The EPICure Study by University of Nottingham (UK) was established in 1995 to determine the rates of disability and long-term outcomes on children born before 26 weeks of gestation in the UK & Ireland. The children were followed up at 1 year, 2.5 years, 6-8 years, and 10-11 years of age.
The results of the study found that children born very prematurely had a high risk of disability. Please see site for further details.
Considering these results, it’s critical for premature babies to be followed by an experienced Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist and consultants when they go home as a preventive measure. They can keep an eye on the babies’ development and if they notice any early red flag signs, start therapy input early to prevent problems from becoming worse. It’s important for families and health professionals to know the early red flag signs. Early Intervention is key.
I’ve also recently written an article for TAMBA (Twins & Multiple Births Association) called ‘Know the Signs.’ Feel free to check it out for more details on ‘Red Flags’ for babies and children.