A STUDY TO ASSESS THE KNOWLEDGE REGARDING WEANING AMONG MOTHERS OF INFANTS IN PAEDIATRIC OUTPATIENT CLINIC IN A RURAL COMMUNITY BASED HOSPITAL WITH THE VIEW OF INFORMATION BOOKLET

Mr Soibam Pahari Singh, Mrs Nirmali Gogoi, Ms Anamika Bhuyan

Abstract


INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Weaning is a process of introducing solid foods into the baby’s diet in order to fulfil their growing nutritional needs. It is started at the age of six months of the child; from 4-6 months’ baby may not get all the calories, iron & other nutrients from milk. The study was attempt to assess the knowledge regarding weaning among 114 mothers of infants (0-12 months) who attended in paediatric outpatient clinic of Maternity and Child Welfare Hospital, Dhirenpara, Assam.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: Non-experimental descriptive survey research design was adopted for the present study. A convenient sampling technique was used to select 114 mothers of infants (0-12 months) who attended in paediatric outpatient clinic of Maternity and Child Welfare Hospital, Dhirenpara, Assam. Data was collected by structured questionnaire on demographic proforma and weaning of infants.

RESULT AND ANALYSIS: The knowledge level of mother regarding weaning of infants was found that 68% had good knowledge level, 29% had average knowledge level and 3% had poor knowledge level. Majority of the infant were in the age group of 7-12 months and maximum of the mothers were in the age group of 23-27 years. Maximum of the mothers were belongs to Hindu religion and having dietary pattern of non-vegetarian. Maximum of the mother were having 2 children and working as Elementary Occupations, Maximum mothers were belong to middle school certificate and having 6327-18949 income per month. Majority of the mothers were belongs to upper lower socioeconomic status and belongs to joint family.

DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: The finding of the study revealed that there is no statistical significant association found between knowledge of mother and other demographic variables such as age of mother, religion, dietary pattern, occupation, family income per month, socio economic status, type of family. It is found that there is significant association between knowledge of mother with age of infants, number of children and education of mother.

 


Keywords


Knowledge, Weaning, Mothers, Infant, SES

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