Knowledge, attitudes and practices of mothers regarding diarrhoea among children in a Sudanese rural community.
Journal - East African medical journal (KENYA )
A survey of knowledge, attitudes and practices of mothers in the rural communities of two villages in Sudan regarding diarrhoeal diseases in children was conducted using a focus group research technique. Seven groups of literate mothers (87 mothers) and 13 groups of illiterate mothers (152 mothers) interviewed comprised 85% of mothers with children under 5 years of age in that community. The study showed that mothers can define and describe diarrhoea, however awareness about the aetiology and the importance of germs in its causation was low. The majority of mothers attributed diarrhoea to teething, milk of pregnant women, hot food and salty water. Less than 40% of mothers identify symptoms and signs of "dehydration" and the need for consultation. Only 10% could relate danger signs to severe dehydration. The ORS use rate was very low (2.1-4.3%). Although awareness about ORS was high (100%), only 25% prepared and used it correctly. However, home made fluids including rice water, custard, pap and tabaladi juice were used by 45% of the mothers. 45% of illiterate mothers stop breast feeding and food during diarrhoea compared to 30% of literate mothers. Harmful practices used in caring for children with diarrhoea included: fumigation (50%), cauterization and removal of teeth buds (45% illiterate mothers, 10% literate), withholding of breast feeding and indiscriminate use of drugs and herbs in 30%.
|ISSN : ||0012-835X|
|Mesh Heading : ||Breast Feeding Child, Preschool Diarrhea Diarrhea, Infantile Educational Status Female Fluid Therapy Focus Groups Humans Infant Male Rural Health Sudan etiology therapy education psychology|
|Mesh Heading Relevant : ||Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice Mothers therapy|