Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health – FAQWhat is Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health?
When we talk about infant/early childhood mental health we mean the early relationships infants and toddlers have with their parents or caregivers and their ability to experience emotion and explore their surroundings. These early relationships are imp …[read more]
What are the signs of healthy development in my young child (birth to 6)?
Here is what to look for in your young child that will show good mental health: Babies are alert and willing to explore toys and play with caregivers. They enjoy being held and making noises with their caregivers. They play games like “So BIG” or “Pa …[read more]
How can I support the healthy social and emotional development of my young children (prenatal to six years)?
Parents and caregivers of infants and toddlers can best support good mental health very early in development, even before the baby is born. Good prenatal care is very important to how mothers will feel about their babies after birth. Regular doctor app …[read more]
Why do I feel sad and overwhelmed by taking care of my young child? What can I do?
Being a parent or caregiver is hard work and very demanding. Feeling sad and having lack of energy after giving birth is normal for 50-80% of new mothers. Many new mothers will feel anxious, tired, sad, irritable or angry within the first 10 days after …[read more]
What can go wrong with my young child’s mental health?
Some children have temperaments or personalities that make it hard to be a good parent. Their parents and caregivers have challenges in searching for the right way to sooth, comfort, and even relate to their children. Some babies are not cuddlers or sn …[read more]
What are the early warning signs of mental health problems/social and emotional delays?
Some early warning signs can include: the lack of ability to be soothed, lack of regular sleep/awake cycles, and serious issues with feeding. Although all children experience these problems from time to time, when these issues become serious or interfe …[read more]
Where do I go for help when I have concerns?
You do not have to worry alone. If you have concerns about your infant or toddler call your child’s pediatrician as soon as you can. Discuss your concerns and ask if these are normal activities of infants and young children and where you might get extr …[read more]
How will a doctor or mental health provider be able to identify my young child’s mental health concerns?
When you meet with your pediatrician or doctor, he/she is going to try to understand your concerns. Your doctor will ask you questions about your child’s symptoms, when they occur and under what circumstances. In order to get more detailed information …[read more]
What are the different ways of treating my young child’s mental health issues?
For very young children, the treatment typically involves working with parents and their children together. It often includes visiting with parents at home to find out what their concerns are and to see how the young children interact with others in th …[read more]
My child care has warned that my son may be asked to leave if he continues to harm other children. What should I do?
You may want to talk to your child’s teacher to find out as much as you can about what is going on: when does this harmful behavior occur, who is involved (always the same child or everyone), and how often does it happen. Child Care Centers may have …[read more]
Will my child continue to have problems in school if he can’t get along with other children when he is young?
It is very important to get help for any concerns you have about your child’s ability to play well with others or to respond well to adults. When young children don’t know how to get along with others or how to understand their own feelings and actions …[read more]