Mental health

Maternal mental health interventions to improve child development

[2012]

Recommendation(s)

For poorly nourished, frequently ill and other groups of at risk children, parenting interventions promoting mother-infant interactions including psychosocial stimulation should be offered to improve child development outcomes. Such programmes should be delivered preferably within ongoing mother and child health programmes.
Strength of recommendation: STRONG
Quality of the evidence: MODERATE

To improve child development outcomes, mothers with depression or with any other mental, neurological or substance use condition should be treated using effective interventions (see recommendations for treatment of depression and other mental, neurological or substance use conditions).
Strength of recommendation: STRONG
Quality of the evidence: MODERATE

Additional psychosocial support should be offered to mothers with depression or with any other mental, neurological or substance use condition including home visiting, psycho-education, improving mothers' knowledge on child rearing practices.
Strength of recommendation: STRONG
Quality of the evidence: MODERATE

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