A Study to assess the Knowledge regarding Weaning among under five children mothers at Waghodia, Vadodara, Gujarat with a view to develop Health Education Programme
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Breast feeding provides an unparalleled manner to supply complete and ideal nourishment for the infant in the beginning of life. Although, some studies show that exclusive breast feeding for more than 6 months may also increase malnutrition. At this age breast-milk alone is not enough to meet the needs of infant. Ideally, an infant should be exclusively breast fed for 6 months followed by additional foods being gradually introduced.
Objectives of the Study
1. To assess the existing knowledge of mothers on weaning. 2. To find out the association between knowledge of mothers and selected demographic variables on weaning. 3. To develop health education program.
H1: There will be significant difference in the knowledge regarding weaning under-five children's mother. H2 There will be significant association between pre-test knowledge of mothers with their selected demographic variables.
Material and Methods
In this research study descriptive research approach is used. Non probability purposive sampling technique was used to select the 30 samples of mothers of under five children. Data was analyzed by using descriptive and interferential statistics such as mean, standard deviation and chi square.
The data from the above table shows that, in pre-test under-five children's mothers were having on average 29.5%3% knowledge regarding weaning and mean score was 5.9±2.57. It is observed from the present study that the Mean, Standard deviation and Mean difference of aspects of knowledge of under-five children's mothers. It reveals that the subjects had a maximum mean of 1.76 with a standard deviation of 1.19 and mean percentage of 8.80% for qualities and principles of weaning. The mean score of 1.06 with standard deviation of 1.14 and mean percentage of 5.30% for introduction and weaning at different age. The mean score of 0.26 with a standard deviation 0.44 and mean percentage of 1.30% for Definition of weaning.
Breast feeding, Exclusive breast-feeding, Malnutrition, Infant.