Doğu Anadolu bölgesinde bir kent merkezinde iki aile sağlığı merkezine başvuran annelerin çocukları ateşlendiğinde yaptığı uygulamalar

ÖZKAN, Hava; ÖZTÜRK, Sibel
August 2013
Journal of Dr. Behcet Uz Children's Hospital;Aug2013, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p121
Academic Journal
Objective: Fever, one of the defensive tools of the body, is not a disease of its own but it is one of the symptoms of the disease. For the families of small children, the fever is an important reason of fear. So, it may lead to wrong practices. This study was carried out with the aim of determining the practices carried out by mothers of small children. Methods: This study with a descriptive design investigated mothers having children in the 0-6 age group and living in the regions where healthcare services were given by 2 Family Health Centres in the town of Palandoken of Erzurum city. Three hundred fifty four volunteered mothers who were at least primary school graduates, and chosen by the method of simple randomized sampling among those applied for any medical reason to the Family Health Centers between October 3rd, and February 15th 2012 were included in the study. Questionnaire forms used for the collection of data consists of the questions pertaining to baseline features of the mothers and applications practiced by mothers. Mothers filled the forms within about ten minutes-Results: Mean age of the mothers was 30.20±5.57 years, and '14.6% of them graduated from primary school. Majority (57.3%) of the mothers said that they had known their children's body temperature, but it was found out that 54.7% of them in fact knew the normal values of their own body temperature. It was found out that 74.4% of the mothers measure their children's body temperature from axilla, and that 11,9% of the mothers evaluated the the body temperature of their children without using a clinical thermometer. When their children's body temperature rised, 76.6% of the mothers had given antifebrile medicine to their children, taken away their children's clothings off (61.9%), made their children to take a shower (52.8%) or drink water (75.7%), and immediately started to give them antibiotics (16.9%). Majority (92.4%) of mothers didn't give their children acetyl salicylic acid to reduce their fever, and 82.5% of the mothers get alarmed when their children had fever. Conclusion: It was found out that the mothers, accepted the fever as a dangerous condition, but they needed knowledge about the, fever and antifebrile applications.


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