Infant Mental Health for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Poverty and the Safety Net
Without consistent access to basic needs it is difficult for families to establish the best environment for development of optimal social-emotional health.
Some supports for basic needs include:
Diaper Banks: Provide diapers and related items to families with infants and toddlers. Older children with disabilities, adults with disabilities, and the elderly may also need assistance with the cost of diapers. The National Diaper Bank Network: http://www.diaperbanknetwork.org/ WIC (Women Infants Children) : Provides supplemental food to infants and children up to age five as well as pregnant and breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding post-partum women. There are restrictions on what food products may be purchased. http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/
What social determinants of health do I routinely address and screen for?
References and Resources:
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.