Infant Mental Health for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Social-Emotional Development
Infant social-emotional development occurs in the context of the parent-child relationship. The quality of the parent-child relationship affects emerging and established social-emotional development including the individual child's particular resilience and vunerabilities. 

Timeline for Social Emotional Development During the First year of LIfe

Social Smile:  The social smile is one of the first signs that an infant is experiencing healthy social-emotional development. It generally appears around age six weeks. No social smile by age six months can be a warning sign for autism.

​References and Resources:

American Academy of Pediatrics. The Social Emotional Development of Young  Children: A resouce for Healthy Start Staff. 

Bright Futures:

CDC. Learn the Signs. Act Early. Resources for Health Care Professionals: