Supporting early relational health in practice
Pediatricians remain a highly trusted source of information and support for families. There are 15 scheduled well child visits in a child’s first 5 years, providing an ongoing opportunity to equip families with tools to support their child’s social, emotional, and cognitive development.
Early relational health can be supported in practice through the principles of a family centered medical home and in the recommended anticipatory guidance found in Bright Futures. Pediatricians can support early relational health through
- Universal Prevention - Promotion of safe, stable, nurturing relationships to all families through developmentally specific anticipatory guidance; safe, effective parenting practices; and modeling effective communication and care for others.
- Targeted Interventions - Assessment of development and protective factors including child, family, and community factors, parent knowledge about access to supports, healthy parent and family communication styles, and social supports in the community.
- Indicated Treatments - Interventions and referrals such as identifying and addressing social drivers of health including, family or child adverse childhood experiences.