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Emotional health

Emotional Health

  • Pregnancy:
    • Looking after your own mental health will have a positive impact on the emotional health of your baby during pregnancy and beyond.
    • Seek support at the earliest opportunity if you (as a parent) are feeling in a low mood or concerned about your mental health including during pregnancy. 
  • From birth:
    • Create a warm, loving, caring and safe environment to promote emotional and social well-being for your child.
    • Use the Five to Thrive principles - respond, cuddle, relax, play, talk. This will build attachment and support emotional health as you are connecting with your child. 
    • To support your child's self-confidence and self-esteem - let your child know they are special, make them feel valued and respected. Look and listen to them when they talk to you.
    • It is natural for your child to experience a variety of emotions. Reassure and support them by listening, cuddling, responding and staying relaxed.
    • Focus on how your child feels not just on how they behave; let your child know their feelings are important and understood
    • Play and explore with your child - be excited, enthusiastic, curious and confident about discovering new things. Take time to have fun and play regularly with your child.



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Last updated: 20 March 2019 | Last reviewed: 20 March 2019