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Knowledge and management of infants' pain by mothers in Ile Ife, Nigeria

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Abstract:

Mothers' knowledge and management of pain in infants were assessed in this study. A total of 130 mothers from two health centres in Ile Ife, Southwest, Nigeria were selected by systematic sampling method. Only 3.8% indicated that neonates experience pain. Malaria (46.2%) was the major cause of pain identified. Analgesic/antimalarials (56.9%) and breastfeeding (16.9%) are used in pain relief. To improve the quality of life of infants, mothers must be educated on the assessment, early detection and management of pain.

Keywords: health education; infants; knowledge; mothers; pain management

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-172X.2008.00693.x

Affiliations: 1: Lecturer, Department of Nursing Science, College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria 2: Staff Nurse/Midwife, Department of Nursing Science, College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria 3: Lecturer/Consultant Paediatrician, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria 4: Senior Lecturer, Department of Nursing, College of Health Sciences, Ladoke Akintola University, Osogbo, Nigeria

Publication date: 2008-08-01

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