Q: Should I be concerned about the development of one or more of my multiples?
A: Raising Multiples recommends that parents of babies born preterm strongly consider having the infants’ development tracked by an Early Intervention Program, a Developmental Pediatrician, or High Risk Clinic Follow-up program. The babies should be assessed for developmental milestones at the adjusted or corrected age of 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, 1 year, 18 months, and then the actual age of 2 and 3 years.
If at any time a baby shows delays, your local early intervention program may provide support services, often at no cost or reduced cost to your or your health insurance program; however, in some states, EI programs provide only diagnostic services so be sure to check what is offered. Another option to consider is most hospitals with a level III NICU offer follow-up programs that provide diagnostic services and referrals for children at high risk of developmental delays. Even if the children achieve the expected milestones at an appropriate age, continue having their development tracked until at least the age 3.
Please see our Early Intervention & Special Needs section for more information.