Dor PIP
"A person's a person, no matter how small." — Dr. Seuss

What do we mean by infant mental health and healthy attachment?

By Vivian Allen, Founder of DorPIP – the Dorset Parent Infant Partnership


“Infant Mental health is best thought of in the same way as physical health. When we are well we flourish in every aspect of life, relationships, growth and development. We are able to take full advantage of opportunities life has to offer. Healthy, secure attachment, built up by everyday sensitive and appropriately responsive parenting, means a child will be more likely to grow up in a way that will enable them to make the most of their life, be emotionally resilient and cope better with stress.

On the other hand, very insecure, disorganized attachment is associated with significant emotional and behavioural problems, and poor social and emotional outcomes. In the most extreme cases where babies experience adverse childhood experiences, known as ACEs, their physical health can also suffer due to an increased dependence on alcohol or substances and unhealthy lifestyle choices.”