Knowledge, symptom management and health seeking behaviour on childhood illness among mothers of Under -five children

Mathias, Edlin Glane and Pai, Mamatha Shivananda and Nayak, Shalini G (2019) Knowledge, symptom management and health seeking behaviour on childhood illness among mothers of Under -five children. International Journal of Caring Sciences, 12 (1). pp. 313-320. ISSN 1791-5201

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Introduction: Under-five age is a crucial and transitional period when a child is struggling to come into equilibrium with its ecology. According to the World Health organization, over four billion acute cases of childhood diseases occur every year, primarily among children in developing countries. Two billion children die annually from childhood illness. Objectives:The objective of the study was to assess knowledge of mothers on childhood illness, symptom management followed by mothers during the illness of the child and health seeking behaviour on childhood illness. Methods:A cross-sectional study was carried out among 140 mothers of under-five children in selected villages of Udupi District. Systematic sampling was done to select the mothers under the study. Knowledge, symptom management and health seeking behaviour questionnaire was used for data collection. Then the data were analyzed using SPSS version 16.0. Results:The present study revealed that most of the mothers had average knowledge regarding childhood illness. It was found that the mean ± SD and knowledge score for fever 5.17 (±1.42), diarrhoea 4.20 (±1.55), vomiting 2.92 (±1.48), URTI 2.32 (±1.23), malnutrition 3.00 (±1.45), jaundice 3.35 (±1.36), convulsion 2.50 (±1.22), pneumonia 4.25(±1.44) were respectively. Majority of the under-five children suffered from fever 98 (70%), vomiting 20 (20%), URTI 23(16.4%), diarrhea 20 (14.3%). As per the study findings 85 (81%) of the children had suffered from illness for about 1-5 days. Most 77 (73.4%) of the mothers reported major barrier for not using health facility is because no good facilities and there was significant association between knowledge score and mother’s education, working status, mother’s occupation and working hours. Conclusion:This study concluded that the mothers had poor knowledge on childhood illness. The findings highlight that, the nurses and health care providers can play a significant role to educate the mothers regarding importance of childhood illness.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Knowledge; symptom management; health seeking behaviour; mothers; Under-five; children.
Subjects: Nursing > MCON Manipal > Child Health
Nursing > MCON Manipal > Medical Surgical
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 24 May 2019 03:53
Last Modified: 24 May 2019 03:53

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