High Risk Infant Follow-Up

An OCHD Registered Nurse will follow infants with eligible conditions up to the age of 2 years. GOALS of follow-up services are:Promote optimal growth and development

  • Teach the family care of a high risk infant
  • Prevent complications and illness
  • Decrease stress and provide support to parents
  • Ensure early identification of potential problems and make referrals as needed for treatment and evaluation



Eligible Children High risk infant follow-up may serve infants who have the following conditions, as determined by the primary physician and/or the nurse case managers at OCHD:

  • discharge from a neonatal intensive care unit
  • serious congenital infection, congenital anomaly, or other serious condition
  • an endocrine, metabolic or immune disorder or blood disorder
  • birth weight less than 1,501 grams
  • positive urine test for any drug or symptoms of drug withdrawal
  • at high risk for medical complications for whatever the reason

Contact/Home Visits The Public Health Nurse will make either a home visit or have a face-to-face visit at our offices with each high risk infant as closely as possible according to the following schedule:

  • Birth
  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 12 months
  • 18 months
  • 24 months

Visit Activities

  • Health History
  • Developmental Screening
  • Physical Assessment
  • Nutritional/Diet evaluation and information
  • Safety Suggestions for home environment
  • Questions & Answers for parents/caregivers
  • Referrals for other services if needed

Education – Support – Concern