Infant Mental Health for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
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.
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.