Pre-facility management of childhood illnesses: the experience in Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State, Nigeria 2020; 4(3): 32-42
Niger Delta Medical Journal
Background: The health of children is a global priority, linked to the care given in illness. Prompt and early care must start at home to avert death. There are limited studies on pre-facility management practices of childhood illnesses by care-givers in Nigeria. Objective: To assess the pre-facility treatment practices employed by mothers in response to common childhood illnesses in under-five children in Alimosho Local Government Area(LGA) of Lagos State, Nigeria. Methods: This was a descriptive cross-sectional study carried out among 360 mothers of Under-five children in Alimosho LGA between March and May 2016. The respondents were selected using multi-stage sampling method. Structured interviewer-administered questionnaires were used for data collection. SPSS version 20.0 was used for data analysis and presented as frequencies and means; bivariate analysis was used to determine significant associations. Results: The mean maternal age was 32.69 ± 6.46 years. Only 36.7% of the mothers attained tertiary education. Majority of the respondents carried out appropriate practices concerning fever 222 (74.2%), diarrhea 176 (63.8%) and vomiting 138 (52.9%) while 102 (39.5%) of the mothers employed inappropriate actions in response to convulsion. Majority of the respondents had a positive attitude towards childhood illnesses 195 (54.2%) versus 165 (45.8%). There was a statistically significant association between respondents' level of education and attitude with good health-seeking behavior in 335 (93%) of them. Conclusion: This study demonstrates that most mothers portrayed appropriate home management practices concerning some childhood illnesses with positive attitude and good health-seeking behavior.
Home treatment practices , Mothers , Under-five children , Nigeria , Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Duke ES, Ezenwa BN, ROBERTS AA, Ekanem EE. Pre-facility management of childhood illnesses: the experience in Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State, Nigeria Nig Del Med J 2020; 4(3): 32-42