Assessment of Knowledge and Practices Concerning the Care of Low-Birth Weight Infants Among Mothers of Neonates Admitted at GIMS Hospital Gadag

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Ramesh Kamalappanawar, Shreedevi T-Y, Shriharsha, Shivakumarswami, and Shivaraj Kumbar

Volume: 10 | Issue: 01 | Year 2024 | Subscription
International Journal of Pediatric Nursing
Received Date: 01/22/2024
Acceptance Date: 03/06/2024
Published On: 2024-03-27
First Page: 27
Last Page: 55

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Ramesh Kamalappanawar, Shreedevi T-Y, Shriharsha, Shivakumarswami, and Shivaraj Kumbar Assessment of Knowledge and Practices Concerning the Care of Low-Birth Weight Infants Among Mothers of Neonates Admitted at GIMS Hospital Gadag International Journal of Pediatric Nursing. 2024; 10(01): 27-55p.
Abstract

This study investigates the knowledge and practices related to the care of low-birth-weight (LBW) infants among mothers of neonates admitted at GIMS Hospital in Gadag. Low-birth-weight infants, defined as those weighing less than 2.5 kilograms at birth, face increased vulnerability and require specialized care to ensure optimal growth and development. The research aims to assess the maternal awareness and adherence to recommended care guidelines for LBW infants. A comprehensive survey was conducted among mothers whose neonates were currently receiving care at GIMS Hospital. The assessment covered various aspects, including knowledge about appropriate feeding practices, hygiene, and overall healthcare for LBW infants. Additionally, the study explores the socioeconomic factors influencing caregiving practices, such as maternal education and access to healthcare resources. Preliminary findings suggest a varied level of knowledge and practices among the participating mothers. While some demonstrate a commendable understanding of essential care measures, others may require targeted educational interventions. Socioeconomic factors appear to play a crucial role in determining the extent to which mothers can adhere to recommended guidelines. Understanding the gaps in knowledge and practices concerning LBW infant care is imperative for healthcare professionals and policymakers. The outcomes of this study will contribute valuable insights for developing targeted educational programs and interventions aimed at enhancing maternal skills and improving the overall well-being of LBW infants in the GIMS Hospital Gadag community.

KEYWORDS: low-birth-weight, LBW infants, healthcare professionals, socioeconomic factors, knowledge and practices.

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Ramesh Kamalappanawar, Shreedevi T-Y, Shriharsha, Shivakumarswami, and Shivaraj Kumbar Assessment of Knowledge and Practices Concerning the Care of Low-Birth Weight Infants Among Mothers of Neonates Admitted at GIMS Hospital Gadag International Journal of Pediatric Nursing. 2024; 10(01): 27-55p.

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