Infant Mental Health for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

More About The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Position Statement on the PNP's Role in Supporting Infant and Family Well-Being During the First Year of Life 


Infancy is an important time in a child's life where the groundwork for future physical and mental health is established. PNPs have an important role in helping infants grow and develop optimally. Part of this essential role is to support infant mental health through guidance, advocacy, and linkage with community resources . There are mental, physical and economic benefits to ensuring infants and families exist within nurturing and supportive environments. Areas considered in the position statement include: prenatal support, feeding and sleep information, screening for child maltreatment, parental substance abuse, and parental depression, social-emotional development assessment/education/support, and assessment/education around parent-infant interaction and responsive caregving.


To access the full position statement 'PNPs Role in Supporting Infant and Family Well-Being During the First Year of Life' and other NAPNAP position statements including 'Integration of Mental Health Care in Pediatric Primary Care Settings', please click the link below and then select the appropriate position statement:

http://www.napnap.org/PNPResources/Practice/PositionStatements.aspx


National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners*:  http://www.napnap.org/index.aspx


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