Infant Mental Health for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Physical and mental health are inseparable. Good nutrition, stimulation, and a nurturing environment are critical for optimal infant brain development. It is difficult for families living without basic necessities, decent housing, safe air and water, or opportunities for enrichment to fully provide an adequate environment for healthy social-emotional development. Homelessness, hunger and intimate partner violence usually are urgent threats to health and safety.
It is important for the PNP to evaluate the social needs of families, have knowledge about available resources, offer resources through referral, and provide assistance with coordination of bureaucratic, language, and transportation barriers.
Some social needs to consider include:
•Adult Education •After School Programs •Child Care •Clothing •Diapers •Food •Fuel/Utilities •Health Insurance •Housing Availability and Conditions •Income Assistance •Job Search/Training •Medication Assistance •Personal Safety •Social Support
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