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Asian Journal of Nursing Education and Research
Year : 2018, Volume : 8, Issue : 3
First page : ( 349) Last page : ( 356)
Print ISSN : 2231-1149. Online ISSN : 2349-2996.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2349-2996.2018.00071.X

A Study on Assessing the effectiveness of Nurse Teaching Programme on Knowledge and Attitude regarding Thumb Sucking among the Mothers of under-five children in selected rural areas of Belgaum, Karnataka.

Mrs. Sanadi Roopa1,*, Mr. Rebinal Mahesh2

1Senior Tutor, P. D. Bharatesh College of Nursing, Halaga, Belgaum, Karnataka

2Associate. Prof., P. D. Bharatesh College of Nursing, Halaga, Belgaum, Karnataka

*Corresponding Author Email: rsanadi@gmail.com

Online published on 24 October, 2018.

Abstract

‘Thumb-sucking’ the first co-ordinated activity of childhood! Strange yet true, Babies are born with sucking reflex and so have a natural urge to suck on just anything that touches their lips. Thumb sucking is a common oral habit among children. It starts as early as 15 weeks of intrauterine life to within a couple of months of birth and stops at the time of eruption of permanent teeth. Thumb Sucking is of little concern for children below 2; since most of them simply out grow the habit between the age of two and four. The habit continued after the age of 4 years or at the time of permanent teeth erupts mothers should show concern towards ceasing the habit in their children either by advising them or using any of the measures or consulting to the pediatrician, dentist or psychiatrist. It is very important for mothers to identify and take measures to cease this habit at its earliest, to bring up their child free from this habit and its harmful effects. “A study on assessing the effectiveness of nurse teaching programme on knowledge and attitude regarding thumb sucking among the mothers of under-five children in selected rural areas of Belgaum, Karnataka.”

Objectives

1. to assess the effectiveness of nurse teaching programme on knowledge and attitude regarding thumb sucking among mothers of under-five children.

Method

The research approach used in the study was evaluative approach and the research design was quasi-experimental research design Majority (58%) of mothers had moderately adequate knowledge and Majority (86%) of mothers had positive attitude. Paired ‘t’ test was used to analyze the difference between the pre-test and post-test knowledge and attitude of the mothers of under-five children. The difference of knowledge (37.03 at p<0.05 and 0.001) and attitude (23.69 at p<0.05 & 0.001) scores was found to be highly significant.

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Keywords

Thumb sucking, Habit, Hunger, Stress.

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