Babies were thought by some to be too immature to experience either physical or emotional pain. We now know that they do indeed feel physical pain, and we are learning that they suffer emotionally as well. It just looks different than it does in adults. Medication is definitely not an option for infants.
Helping the mother is the first and most important intervention. It may be difficult for a mother to admit to her feelings.
After all, she has a new baby and she is supposed to be grateful and happy. But her feelings of isolation, her altered lifestyle, the constant demands of mothering that come with lack of sleep and loss of personal time are huge stressors. Allowing her to express her frustration and ambivalence is the first step on the way to a healthier mother and happier baby. Mothers can seek counseling and may need medication for their postpartum depression.
Fathers, grandparents, and other caregivers can step in and provide care that the mother is temporarily unable to offer. And remember: children are resilient; they adapt to their surroundings relatively quickly and will respond to appropriate care and attention. Mother's Day is just around the corner.
What better gifts could we give a new mother than compassion and assistance -- gifts that will clearly make a difference for both mothers and babies, now and for years to come. Her columns are not intended as a substitute for hands-on medical advice or treatment.
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However, if she continues to have difficulties, you may wish to make an appointment with a parent-infant psychotherapist or other mental health professionals who have experience working with young children. Although medications and therapy are not administered to children so young, a psychotherapist can work with you to help you better understand and fulfill your baby's needs so that she feels safe and secure in her environment.
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