University of Khartoum

Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Sudanese Mothers towards Home Management of Febrile Convulsions

Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Sudanese Mothers towards Home Management of Febrile Convulsions

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Title: Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Sudanese Mothers towards Home Management of Febrile Convulsions
Author: Kheir, Abdelmoneim E M.; Ibrahim,SA; Yahia,EAK
Abstract: Background: Febrile convulsions (FCs) are the most common symptomatic seizure disorder in children. Most studies on the knowledge, attitude and practice towards children with febrile convulsions have been done in western countries. Little is known about the knowledge, attitude and practice of mothers regarding febrile convulsions in developing counters – Sudan is no exception. Objectives: The aim of this study is to assess the knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) of Sudanese mothers towards the management of febrile convulsions (FCs) at home and investigate the relationship between KAP/ FCs and mothers’ age and educational level. Method: This is a prospective, observational study that was conducted in three hospitals in Khartoum Province. Mothers of children with simple febrile convulsions were interviewed in the outpatient clinics and the data were collected using questionnaire. Results: A total of 200 mothers were interviewed. Most (56%) mothers had no response to their child’s seizure at home. The majority who were of low scores in knowledge and attitude, were illiterate. There was significant correlation between mothers’ educational level and both knowledge about febrile convulsions, (P < 0.00) as well as attitude towards febrile convulsions (P < 0.00); 66% of mothers agreed to administer rectal diazepam by themselves if trained. In 56% of mothers’, information was based on what their friends / relatives had told them and 90% of them were willing to share their experience with other mothers. Conclusion: Majority of the mothers lack adequate information about possible cause, diagnosis and outcome of their child’s condition. Experience played a major role in those with good knowledge and training mothers on home management of febrile convulsions including giving rectal diazepam is worth trying. The willingness of almost all mothers to share experience with others provides opportunity for group therapy and formulation of support groups – not to mention the essential need for written hand outs for parents of children with febrile convulsions.
Description: This Paper has been presented for Promotion at the University of Khartoum
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/7377
Date: 2013-01-01


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