The Center of Special Care for Children focuses on the prevention and treatment of children whose arrival to this world was accompanied by an increased risk of developmental problems caused by complications throughout pregnancy, during delivery or in the first weeks following birth. Children at risk require special preventive and therapeutic care. Such care specifically focuses on monitoring their development and identifying and developmental deviations. Such problems can be eliminated or significantly improved with the help of a timely diagnosis and the appropriate selection of a therapeutic method.
What type of children do we treat?
Our center specializes in treating newborns at risk with so-called perinatal stress. These children have a medical history including some of the complications associated with pregnancy, delivery or the period thereafter:
- Prematurely babies born prior to the 35th week of gestation
- Children born on schedule but with a low birth weight
- Newborns with a pathological problem identified during an ultrasound examination of the central nervous system
- Newborns born from multiple pregnancies or a procedure during the fetal period
- Newborns with genetic defects and syndromes
- Children resuscitated following birth
- Children with birth trauma
- Children that experience an infection during the neonatal period
- Children born through an acute C-Section
What developmental deviations occur most commonly with newborns at risk?
The scale of problems which newborns at risk can suffer from is relatively wide and it is not easy to categorize it. Most common problems include changes in psychomotor development (qualitative and quantitative), muscle tonus defects, food intake complications, general lack of well-being, breathing difficulties and frequent illnesses. With most cases, all turns out well but the child simply falls into a category of babies with a statistically higher risk of short-term or long-term deviations in development. Regular preventive monitoring at a specialized practice can identify these problems in a timely manner and provide the appropriate treatment intervention. Such an approach can significantly improve the treatment outcome and often eliminate or significantly lower any long-term effect of such defect on the child's health.
Our Multidisciplinary Team Offers Comprehensive Care to Newborns at Risk
The key to a successful treatment of newborns at risk lies in regular examinations by a neonatologist in cooperation with a physiotherapist specialized in the rehabilitation of babies. A neonatologist monitors the early development of the child, assesses the growth and overall health state. In case a deviation from standard development is detected, he/she will recommend an intervention. Aside from physiotherapy itself, it can also entail medical care from specialists including a neurologist, pulmonologist, nutritional therapist, psychologist, speech therapist and more. The most common type of early intervention is appropriately selected rehabilitation. This can include the Vojta Method, Bobath Concept or other rehabilitation techniques. It is also very important to build up the bond with the family as well as to ensure an optimal and stimulating environment.
The core team of the Center of Special Care for Children is composed of the following specialists:
- Speech therapist
- Nutrition specialist
Based on further needs and requirements, the team can cooperate with other specialists. These most commonly include a pulmonologist, gastroenterologist, ENT specialist, cardiologist, eye doctor, endocrinologist, hematologist or a pediatric surgeon.
The center's multidisciplinary team is lead by neonatologist MUDr. Patricia Zemanová Konopová, a doctor with many years of experience in working at one of Czech Republic's best neonatology facilities.
You can read our interview with MUDr. Patricie Zemanová Konopová, the lead doctor of the Center of Special Care for Children. »»
Treatment Plan and Organization of Care
Medical care at the center does not replace the need for regular visits to a pediatrician, but instead compliments them. Normal preventive care, treatment of common childhood diseases and immunization all take place at the pediatric practice. Children are sent to the center only in case they need specialized medical care and attention. All of our pediatricians work closely with the center and based on their assessment of the medical history and the child's state, they recommend children to the center when there is a danger of an increased risk of developmental deviations.
Medical care is provided using the Basic plan which usually contains the following:
- An entry examination one month after release from the hospital
- Setting up of a treatment plan by therapists, sampling as well as other treatment
- Further examinations with 2-3 month intervals
- Coordination of multidisciplinary care
Highest medical standards
Our Comprehensive Care for Children offers a very high standard of medical care. Preventive medical care supported by a multidisciplinary approach as well as a careful selection of doctors who specialize on early development of children produces outstanding results. This effort can significantly contribute to preventing long-term developmental defects or any lasting impact on the child's health. This superior approach further provides families of babies at risk with fewer worries concerning the organization of medical care, minimal waiting times as well as peace of mind when caring for their baby.