Original Research Article
Year: 2016 | Month: November | Volume: 6 | Issue: 11 | Pages: 33-37
Study to Assess the Knowledge, Attitude and Practice about Acute Diarrhoeal Diseases among School Going Children and Their Parents in Rural Maharashtra
Anirudh V. Mutalik1*, Vaishali V. Raje2**
1Assistant Professor, 2Professor,
*Dept of Community Medicine, KMCT Medical College, Mukkam, Kerala.
**Dept of Community Medicine, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences Deemed University, Karad, Maharashtra.
Corresponding Author: Anirudh V. Mutalik
Introduction: Every year some 12 million children in developing countries die before they reach their fifth birthday, many during the first year of life. Out of all the childhood illnesses, acute respiratory tract infections, diarrhoeal diseases and malnutrition are the principle causes of illness and death in the developing countries. A major determinant of child health is the health and knowledge of the Child’s mother. It has been seen that the mother is the main caregiver for the child in almost all societies. So, the knowledge, attitude and health practices of the mothers directly reflect on the health and vitality of the child.
Objectives: To find out the knowledge, attitude and practice towards acute diarrhoeal among school going children and their parents.
Materials & Methods: A pre structured & pretested questionnaires were used to assess the KAP of children’s at school & their mothers at home. Scoring system was developed & was compared among children’s & their mothers.
Observations: More than half of children had average knowledge but attitude and practice regarding diarrhoeal diseases was found very poor. Overall KAP score was also between poor to average whereas mothers were having very poor KAP about ADD.
Conclusion: A major determinant of child health is the health and knowledge of the Child’s mother. So, the knowledge, attitude and health practices of the mothers directly reflect on the health and vitality of the child.
Key words: ADD, Attitude Knowledge, Mothers, Practice.