Intensive care for children is one of the areas of medicine that have undergone significant development in the past decades. High frequency oscillation (HFO), inhaled nitric oxide (NO), and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) are among the new treatment modalities and minimally invasive surgery is an example of improvement in surgical techniques. These new modalities have reduced mortality rates, but sometimes at the cost of more morbidity. Not only the underlying disease itself, but also side effects of the treatment can cause morbidity. Different health care professionals have therefore become more interested in aspects of short-term and long-term morbidity.1 Among these professionals the pediatric physical therapist is one of the specialists in movement disorders in children. The use of standardized tests is of great help to identify problems at an early stage, so that intervention can be started as soon as necessary.

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Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

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