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Knowledge and practices among rural mothers in Haryana about childhood diarrhea



Knowledge and practices among rural mothers in Haryana about childhood diarrhea



Indian Journal of Pediatrics 57(4): 563-566



Knowledge and practice of 108 rural mothers concerning childhood diarrhea were determined by using pretested semistructured interview schedules. The common causes of diarrhea reported were eruption of teeth (67.59%), eating of mud (51.85%), worm infestation (47.22%), change of climate (35.18%), poor personal hygiene (34.25%), and changes in diet (25.96%). The majority of mothers (83.33%) practiced food restriction during diarrhea. 77% consulted their mothers-in-law initially concerning diarrhea treatment. The home remedies tried by mothers were: isabgol husk with curd (30.55%), ghee with tea (28.70%), water boiled with mint leaves (25.92%), local ghutti (22.22%), and unripe mango juice (16.66%). The majority also believed that oral rehydration therapy alone cannot cure diarrhea.

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PMID: 2286409

DOI: 10.1007/bf02726770


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