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Knowledge of Mothers Regarding the Growth & Development of Infants


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1 Child Health Pediatric Nursing, CON, CMC&H, Ludhiana, Punjab, India
     

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The infant is a dynamic, ever-changing being who undergoes an orderly and predictable sequence of neurodevelopment and physical growth. Parents need to understand growth and development in order to monitor child's progress, to identify delays or abnormalities in development. With an aim of this the investigator undertook a study to assess the knowledge of mothers regarding the growth & development of infants in child care areas of selected hospital of Ludhiana, Punjab. Hundred mothers of infants were selected from various child care areas in selected hospital of Ludhiana by Non- Probability purposive sampling technique. A structured questionnaire was administered to assess the knowledge. Data was analyzed by descriptive and inferential statistics and presented through tables and figures. Study findings revealed that maximum number of mothers (53%) had average knowledge score regarding growth&development of infants. Mean percentage of knowledge score was highest in introduction (66%) and lowest in area of social development (31%). Variables i.e. Age, Education and income were found to be significantly related with knowledge of postnatal mothers none of the other variables were found significantly related with the knowledge of postnatal mothers. This study revealed that mothers of the infants needs to be given knowledge regarding Growth and development in order to prevent developmental delay and helping in early diagnosis and treatment.

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Growth, Development, Infants, Mothers, Knowledge
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Shikha Devi
Child Health Pediatric Nursing, CON, CMC&H, Ludhiana, Punjab, India

Abstract


The infant is a dynamic, ever-changing being who undergoes an orderly and predictable sequence of neurodevelopment and physical growth. Parents need to understand growth and development in order to monitor child's progress, to identify delays or abnormalities in development. With an aim of this the investigator undertook a study to assess the knowledge of mothers regarding the growth & development of infants in child care areas of selected hospital of Ludhiana, Punjab. Hundred mothers of infants were selected from various child care areas in selected hospital of Ludhiana by Non- Probability purposive sampling technique. A structured questionnaire was administered to assess the knowledge. Data was analyzed by descriptive and inferential statistics and presented through tables and figures. Study findings revealed that maximum number of mothers (53%) had average knowledge score regarding growth&development of infants. Mean percentage of knowledge score was highest in introduction (66%) and lowest in area of social development (31%). Variables i.e. Age, Education and income were found to be significantly related with knowledge of postnatal mothers none of the other variables were found significantly related with the knowledge of postnatal mothers. This study revealed that mothers of the infants needs to be given knowledge regarding Growth and development in order to prevent developmental delay and helping in early diagnosis and treatment.

Keywords


Growth, Development, Infants, Mothers, Knowledge

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