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IMJ. 2016; 8(1): 28-31


TO ASSESS THE KNOWLEDGE OF MOTHERS REGARDING NEONATAL JAUNDICE PRESENTING TO RAWAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH SCIENCES ISLAMAB

ASMA YAQUB, FATIMA SAFDAR, ZEESHAN GHANI.

Abstract
OBJECTIVE: To assess the knowledge of mothers regarding Neonatal Jaundice.
STUDY DESIGN: A Cross sectional study.
PLACE AND DURATION: At Paediatric Department of Rawal Institute of Health Sciences (RIHS) Islamabad from 1st July 2014 to 30th June
2015.
METHODOLOGY: A total of 200 mothers presenting with jaundiced neonates within first two weeks of life were enrolled. Data was
collected through a structured questionnaire. Each question was scored and maternal knowledge was categorized as "Adequate" and
"Inadequate".
RESULTS: The mean (SD) age of all mothers was 27.3 ( 4.2) years. A substantial majority of mothers, 132 (66.0%) were aged younger
than 30 years. Out of 200, 175 (86.5%) mothers lived in urban areas. The mean (SD) age of neonate was 8.7 ( 3.3) days. Majority of
neonates, 93 (46.5%) were aged between 6 and 10 days. Out of 200, 106 (53.0%) mothers had 1 to 2 children, while 80 (40.0%)
mothers had 3 to 4 children. 111 (55.5%) mothers had education up to graduation, whereas 35 (17.5%) mothers had primary level
education. 150 (75.0%), were housewives, 149 (74.5%) mothers reported that their previous child also had neonatal jaundice. 10 was
total knowledge score and the mean (SD) knowledge score was 6.2 ( 1.9). 105 (52.5%) mothers had inadequate knowledge score,
while 95 (47.5%) mothers had adequate knowledge score.
CONCLUSIONS: The mother's knowledge regarding neonatal jaundice (NNJ) is quite poor.

Key words: Neonatal Jaundice, Knowledge, Neonate.



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