Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2015  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 33--40

Maternal knowledge and care-seeking behaviors for newborn jaundice in Sagamu, Southwest Nigeria


TA Ogunlesi, AR Abdul 
 Department of Pediatrics, Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, Ogun State, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
T A Ogunlesi
P. O. Box 652, Sagamu 121001, Ogun State
Nigeria

Background: Delay in the presentation of infants with jaundice at the hospital is a reason for the persistence of the severe forms of jaundice. Objective: The aim was to determine the influence of maternal knowledge on newborn jaundice on their care-seeking practices. Methods: In a cross-sectional survey, mothers whose infants presented with significant hyperbilirubinemia were assessed for knowledge about jaundice in relation to their care seeking behaviors. Results: Out of 98 mothers, 57.1% had good knowledge on newborn jaundice. Most of the mothers with good knowledge had tertiary education (P = 0.004), had good care-seeking behavior for newborn jaundice (P = 0.027) and their infants did not develop kernicterus (P = 0.0001). Mothers with tertiary education also had significantly better performances on the knowledge and care-seeking evaluation scales. Conclusion: Maternal knowledge on newborn jaundice, as well as tertiary maternal education, influenced appropriate care-seeking behavior for infants with jaundice and reduced the risk of complications.


How to cite this article:
Ogunlesi T A, Abdul A R. Maternal knowledge and care-seeking behaviors for newborn jaundice in Sagamu, Southwest Nigeria.Niger J Clin Pract 2015;18:33-40


How to cite this URL:
Ogunlesi T A, Abdul A R. Maternal knowledge and care-seeking behaviors for newborn jaundice in Sagamu, Southwest Nigeria. Niger J Clin Pract [serial online] 2015 [cited 2020 Jul 14 ];18:33-40
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