Early Childhood Mental Health

Support for Your Child: When to Seek Help

How do you know if your child needs mental health services? Children express emotional or behavioral problems in many different ways. Sometimes it is not easy to know when your baby or young child may need extra support. Seek help for your child if you are concerned by any of the following:

In babies birth to 18 months:

  • Fussiness or excessive crying
  • Difficulties with sleep
  • Feeding problems
  • Changes in appetite or other behaviors
  • Prematurity or medical issues at birth

In toddlers and preschoolers: 

  • Social withdrawal
  • Fearfulness, sadness or tearfulness
  • Frequent behavioral problems at preschool or home
  • Aggression towards others
  • Changes in appetite or sleep
  • Threats to harm self
  • Rejecting or avoiding being touched or held
  • Not turning to familiar adults for comfort

There may be many reasons for what’s causing your concern. We Care can work with you and your child together to understand what is happening, evaluate your child’s needs, and come up with a treatment plan that supports your child’s healthy development and well-being.

To refer a child, call (925) 671-0777 ext. 117 or complete the form below.


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