Research Article
Volume 2 Issue 7 - 2020
The Study of Psychological Implication of the Awareness of Mothers’ Knowledge of the Causes, Treatment and Prevention of Gastroenteritis among Children in Aguata Local Government Area, Anambra State
Okoli Paul Chibuike1*, Nduka Chienyem Chidubem2, Ofojebe Chukwuma Philip3, Chime Peter Ekpunobi1 and Akpoke Victor Okorieh4
1Department of Internal Medicine, ESUT College of Medicine, Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu, Nigeria
2Department of Nursing Sciences, School of Health, National Open University of Nigeria, Enugu Study Centre, Enugu, Nigeria
3Department of Psychology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria
4Department of Psychology, Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu, Nigeria
*Corresponding Author: Okoli Paul Chibuike, Department of Internal Medicine, ESUT College of Medicine, Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu, Nigeria
Received: March 13, 2020; Published: June 29, 2020




Abstract

This study investigated the psychological implication of awareness of mothers’ knowledge on the causes, treatment and prevention of gastroenteritis among children in Aguata Local Government Area, Anambra State. It is said that knowledge is power, and often our actions are determined by the things we know and how we got to know them. Our knowledge influences us in responding to event that affects us, health conditions inclusive. Gastroenteritis is a medical condition from inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract that involves both the stomach and the small intestine. It is common in children five years and under and remains the leading cause of mortality and morbidity among this age group worldwide. The objective of the study was to assess mother’s knowledge of gastroenteritis and its characteristics, to evaluate their knowledge of the causes, treatment and prevention of gastroenteritis. Based on these objectives, some literatures were reviewed according to the concept of the study. The research design used for the study was descriptive method and sample size was 150 mothers of children five years and under. From the findings, it was discovered that majority of the mothers have adequate knowledge of what gastroenteritis is, the causes and preventive measures, but lack knowledge of its treatment. A considerable percentage still has poor understanding of the subject matter. The study recommends that there is need for more awareness to be created to the populace on the dangers of gastroenteritis among children with more emphasis on its prevention and to psycho-educate mothers on the correct and appropriate treatment modalities including the preparation and use of homemade salt and sugar solution as prevent techniques. It recommends also that government should assist with the provision of basic social amenities.

Keywords: Mothers’ Knowledge; Causes; Treatment and Prevention of Gastroenteritis

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Citation: Okoli Paul Chibuike., et al. “The Study of Psychological Implication of the Awareness of Mothers’ Knowledge of the Causes, Treatment and Prevention of Gastroenteritis among Children in Aguata Local Government Area, Anambra State”. EC Nursing and Healthcare 2.7 (2020): 35-44.

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