Infants and toddlers can suffer serious mental health disorders, yet they are unlikely to receive treatment that could prevent lasting developmental problems, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.
'Infants lack mental life'
Expand early screening for infants and toddlers to detect mental health issues, such as relationship disorders, depression and self-regulation problems.
Train professionals in mental health, paediatrics, early childhood education, child welfare and other related professions to recognise risk factors, and ensure that undergraduate, graduate and continuing professional education include content on infant mental health.
Integrate infant mental health consultations into programmes for parents, child care, early education, well-child health services and home-based services.
Address insurance and Medicaid payment policies to provide coverage for prevention and treatment of mental health issues for infants and toddlers.