A reader passed through the pages of this blog last week using these search terms to get here:  NEW MOTHER VERBALLY ABUSING INFANT.  According to recent statistics, 1 in 50 infants suffers from nonfatal abuse.  Even in reports from 2005 – 2006 our nation had almost a million children experiencing malevolent interactions with their caregivers that reached the attention of child protection services.  We are not talking about a problem to sneeze at!!

TAKE INFANT VERBAL ABUSE EXTREMELY SERIOUSLY!  These links below explore some of the permanent consequences of verbal abuse to tiny, growing and developing people!  In my opinion there is very little RIGHT in the life of an infant who is being verbally abused – and physical abuse is simply the other ‘hand’ of the problem:

Scholarly articles for verbal abuse brain development

The Effects of Verbal Abuse on a Fetus | eHow.com

Verbal abuse in childhood may result in brain abnormalities

Childhood Abuse, Brain Development and Impulsivity

Providentia: Does Child Abuse Affect Brain Development?

Early verbal abuse may reduce language ability

Annual Research Review: Parenting and children’s brain development: the end of the beginning


What is Infant Mental Health?


Child abuse: How to tell if something’s wrong

Recovery from Abuse · Prenatal and Infant Abuse

Child Abuse Prevention During Infancy: Intervention Implications for Caregivers’ Attitudes Toward Emotion Regulation

Scholarly articles for infant abuse intervention

Home Visiting as an Intervention in Infant Mental Health

Intervention with infants at risk for abuse or neglect.

From Science to Public Policy:  Early Intervention for Abused and Neglected Infants and Toddlers

MultiCare > Child Abuse Intervention

(2005)  Preventing Child Abuse in Infants



Scholarly articles for infant abuse risk factors

Stressed parents with infants: reassessing physical abuse risk factors (1999)


World Association for Infant Mental Health

Defining infant mental health as the ability to develop physically, cognitively, and socially in a manner which allows them to master the primary emotional tasks of early childhood without serious disruption caused by harmful life events.  Because infants grow in a context of nurturing environments, infant mental health involves the psychological balance of the infant-family system.”

WAIMH Handbook of Infant Mental Health, vol 1, p.25


Center on Infant Mental Health and Development

The mission of the Center on Infant Mental Health and Development (CIMHD) is to promote interdisciplinary research, education and practice and advance policy related to the social and emotional development of all children during the first five years. This work is framed within a universal awareness of the importance of these early years and is aimed at supporting relationships between caregivers and young children.”


Because the First Three Years Lasts a Lifetime

Who We Are


Every child has the right to the early nurturing relationships that are the foundation for life-long healthy development.

Mission Statement

The Center on Infant Mental Health and Development promotes interdisciplinary research, education and practice and advances policy related to the social and emotional development of all children during the first five years.


  • To advance knowledge about infant mental health and the centrality of early relationships to the healthy development of young children.
  • To promote collaborative university-community partnerships for infant mental health education and training, advocacy, and clinical research;
  • To offer educational opportunities in infant mental health at the undergraduate and graduate levels;
  • To promote the mental and emotional health of young children and their families through effective preventive approaches to children’s emotional, social and behavioral problems;
  • To conduct longitudinal and clinical research to increase our understanding of the development of vulnerable children, and effective community and family intervention efforts on their behalf;
  • To devote special attention through research, education and services to improve the social and emotional health of vulnerable children who already exhibit developmental delays, and those whose families experience risk factors such as domestic violence, extreme poverty, homelessness, absence of social supports, substance abuse or mental illness.


Why is Infant Mental Health Important?




ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

Our mission is to promote the health and development of infants and toddlers.


RESOURCES —  Early Childhood Mental Health, Social-Emotional Development, and Challenging Behaviors


All kinds of helpful links will appear if you do a Google search for the terms:  INFANT VERBAL ABUSE

Even more with a Google search for the terms:  INFANT ABUSE

The most important information you can arm yourself with – either as an infant caregiver committing or at risk for committing verbal and physical abuse of an infant – or as a person concerned about the well-being of an infant not your own, please begin to inform yourself further by following links that come up with a Google search on these terms:  INFANT ABUSE BRAIN DEVELOPMENT as well as with INFANT ABUSE ATTACHMENT




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