Infant Mental Health for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

DC: 0-3 R
Is a diagnostic schema especially developed for the birth to three age group. It is used in conjunction with DSM and ICD. Do exercise caution when placing a mental health diagnosis on young children, as the burdens of labeling and misdiagnosis can be profound.

References and Resources:

Coding for the Mental Health Algorithm Steps:

Egger, H. & Emde, R. (2011). Developmentally sensitive diagnostic criteria for mental health disorders in early childhood:  The Diagnositc and Statistical Manual of Mental Disordes-IV, the Research Diagnostic Criteria-Preschool Age, and the Diagnositic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood-Revised. American Psychologist, 66:  95-106. 

Ferrin, P. (2008). Talking with the child and adolescent psychiatrist. Contemporary Pediatrics