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Knowledge, attitude and practices regarding acute respiratory infections



Knowledge, attitude and practices regarding acute respiratory infections



Indian Journal of Pediatrics 57(4): 533-535



106 mothers in a rural area were interviewed to determine how they would recognize pneumonia in children, what therapies they would practice with mild acute respiratory illnesses (ARI) and pneumonia, and the feeding practices they have adopted. Most mothers recognized pneumonia by observing the quick respiratory rate and difficulty in breathing. More severe cases were recognized by these among a higher % of mothers. With regard to management of mild ARI episodes, more that 1/2 of the mothers preferred not to give any treatment or to use only home remedies. In pneumonias, a majority preferred to consult a qualified doctor. Nearly 1/3 of them were of the opinion that they would take the child to a hospital if the disease was severe. Insofar as feeding is concerned, most of them stated that they would continue feeding, fluids, and breastfeeds. Only 10% said they would stop and 15% said they would decrease the amounts.

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PMID: 2286406

DOI: 10.1007/bf02726763


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