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INFANT MENTAL HEALTH
Does the term “infant mental health” make you think of a baby on a couch telling his problems to a psychiatrist? So what is infant mental health? Infant mental health reflects both the social-emotional capacities and the primary relationships in children birth through age five. Because young children’s social experiences and opportunities to explore the world depend on the love and care they receive, the child and the child’s relationships are central to “infant mental health.” It is essential to ensure that first relationships are trusting and caring, as early relationships provide an important foundation for later development.
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Being a new mother can be overwhelming. You don’t get enough sleep. Breastfeeding can be difficult. Some babies seem to cry and cry and cry and you don’t know why. This can be incredibly trying for any new mom, but it can be debilitating and dangerous for a mom with maternal (postpartum) depression.
INFANT SAFE SLEEP
The American Academy of Pediatrics reports nearly 1 in 5 babies fall victim to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) while an infant is in the care of someone other than a parent or usual caregiver. Most of these deaths were preventable if safe sleeping guidelines were followed. It is vital that everyone caring for a baby, including grandparents, foster parents, siblings, and babysitters, are aware and follow safe sleep practices to protect the baby from suffocation, SIDS and other sleep-related infant fatalities.