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Help is Available - Infant and Child Mental Health

Your child’s development can be screened regularly by your healthcare provider so you know what developmental milestones they should be meeting at their age and if they are doing so. If you have concerns about your child’s social or emotion development or about their behaviour talk to your healthcare provider. They can screen your child and help you find support.

 

Other things to consider:

  • How severe is the behaviour?
  • How many weeks or months has the behaviour been occurring?
  • How long does the behaviour last? (e.g. minutes, hours)
  • How does the behaviour compare to the behaviour of other children the same age?
  • Are there events at home or in childcare or school that make the behaviour better or worse? 1

Community Supports in Middlesex-London:

Children of any age

Community resources for adults
If you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed, help is available. Taking care of yourself helps you to care for your child.

 
Mother comforting her sad daughter

 

Father hugging son
 

Health Connection

For more information, call Health Connection to speak with a Public Health Nurse.

  • Monday - Friday 
    8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • 519-663-5317 x2280
 
Asking for support for your child in the early years can help to prevent more serious, complex mental health challenges in the future.2
 
Date of creation: April 18, 2017
Last modified on: April 24, 2017
 
 

References

1Iowa Association for infant and early childhood mental health. What is Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. Retrieved from
http://www.promotingmentalhealthiowa.org/pdf/WhatIsBro.pdf
2Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. (2014). Supporting Ontario’s youngest minds: Investing in the mental health of children under 6. Retrieved from
http://www.excellenceforchildandyouth.ca/sites/default/files/policy_early_years.pdf