Infant Mental Health for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Brain
Advances in neuroscience with increased knowledge about the infant brain is changing the discipline of infant mental health (Gauthier, 2011). This advanced knowlege is also providing an expanded evidence base for interventions directed at the first year of life. 

References and Resources:

Baby's Little Smiles: Building the Mother-Infant Connection:  http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=smiles-and-mother-baby-bond

Brain Basics:  http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/issue/Apr2012/Capsule3

Exposure to violence and the developing brain: http://safestartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/exposure-to-violence-and-the-developing-brain/

Gorski, P. (2011). Infant mental health:  The science, context, and meaning of formative relationships. Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care, 41:  210-213.

Gauthier, Y. (2011). Child analysis in a changing world. Development of stucure and function in the infant brain: Implications for cognition, language and social behaviour. Neuroscience 
Biobehavioural Review, 30: 1087-1105.

Insight from the Youngest Minds:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/01/science/insights-in-human-knowledge-from-the-minds-of-babes.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss&pagewanted=all

Understanding the Newborn Brain:  https://cme.wustl.edu/newbornbrain/slides/Concluding%20Summary%20of%20Meeting%20by%20Dr.%20Inder.pdf

Infancy Studies Laboratory at Rutgers University:
http://babylab.rutgers.edu/HOME.html

NIH brain imaging study finds evidence of basis for caregiving impulse:  http://www.nih.gov/news/health/mar2012/nichd-16.htm