Knowledge and attitude of mothers of children who were referred to Bandar Abbas pediatric hospital about acute diarrhea

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Khatereh Mahoori 1 , * , Shahram Zare 1

1 Assistant professor, Department of Community Medicine, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran.

How to Cite: Mahoori K, Zare S . Knowledge and attitude of mothers of children who were referred to Bandar Abbas pediatric hospital about acute diarrhea, Hormozgan Med J. 2005 ; 9(1):e90295.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Hormozgan Medical Journal: 9 (1); e90295
Published Online: July 03, 2005
Article Type: Research Article
Received: October 28, 2004
Accepted: July 03, 2005

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Abstract

Introduction: Acute diarrhea is one of the most prevalent diseases of childhood
and the second leading cause of death in under five children in developing
countries. Appropriate practices and awareness of mothers not only has an
important role in home management of acute watery diarrhea but also is cost
consuming. This study is aimed at determination of awareness and practices of
mothers of under five children regarding home management of acute watery
diarrhea.
Methods: In this descriptive-analytic study, a total of 300 mothers of under five
children of Bandar Abbas city who referred to outpatient clinic of children
hospital were randomly selected in 2002. The results were analyzed using t-test
and Chi-Square test and p<0.05 was considered significant.
Results: Only 31.33% of mothers had good awareness. Mothers with higher
degree of education had higher awareness (p=0.000). Mothers who had one or
two children and younger mothers (less than 35) had higher awareness than
others with four or more children and older ones (35 or more) (p=0.04 and
p=0.000, respectively). 74.3% of mothers were practice in preparation and use
of ORS but 6.7% of them could not tell the correct method of its preparation,
reservation and use.
Conclusion: Health education about home management of acute watery diarrhea
to mothers is recommended.

Keywords

Awareness – Knowledge – Mothers – Diarrhea

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