Maternal Practice on Management of Acute Diarrhea among Children Under Five Years Old in Kosova

Berisha, Merita; Hoxha-Gashi, Sanije; Gashi, Musli; Ramadani, Naser
September 2009
TAF Preventive Medicine Bulletin;Sep/Oct2009, Vol. 8 Issue 5, p369
Academic Journal
AIM: Diarrhoeal disease is a major cause of morbidity and mortality among under-fives especially in developing countries. Important fact about diarrhoea is the care about children for easier course. Very often child-care is not adequate because of low knowledge and attitude and wrong practice. METHOD: The study was conducted to present maternal practice on management of acute diarrhoea among children under five years old, in Kosovo. In this cross- sectional study, the study sample included 106 mothers of children less than 5 years old from all parts of Kosovo. They were interviewed using a pre designed and pre tested questionnaire. RESULTS: In case of children diarrhoea, 60.7% declared that they provide less or even not at all fluids, while 19.6% as usually and only 17.8% more than usually. More than one third of mothers did breastfeed their babies less than usually, and 75% cases more than usually during diarrhoea. Based on living place and mothers age feeding of children with diarrhoea did not differ significantly, but there was a significant difference based on mother's education. One third of the mothers do not give anything to their children in term to stop the diarrhoea, 19.6% uses rice juice, 15.9% banana, and only 9.3% oral dehydration solution. CONCLUSION: There is an immediate need for campaigns in order to try to change the maternal practice on management of acute diarrhoea.


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