Knowledge And Practices On Umbilical Cord Care Among Mothers Attending Young Child Clinic In Mutolere Hospital, Kisoro District.

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Kampala International University, School of Health Sciences
Clean cord care is considered as one of the essential newborn care practices recommended to reduce morbidity and mortality amongst the world’s newborns. However cord infections are still prevalent because of unhygienic cord care practices and cultural belief in giving care to neonates. Therefore the purpose of this study was to assess the knowledge and practices on umbilical cord care among mothers attending young child clinic in Mutolere Hospital, Kisoro district. s A descriptive cross-sectional study design was employed and quantitative methods of data collection was used. 82 mothers were selected by purposive sampling technique. Data was collected using researcher administered questionnaire and analyzed using Microsoft excel and word. Most mothers lacked adequate knowledge on the days which the cord takes to fall, and only few knew the advantage of cord care. Practices for most mothers on cord care were mostly poor due to mothers delivering from home and traditional birth attendants. Applying substances on the baby’s cord Like herbs, oil and cow dug. Majority used to cut baby’s cord with razor blade and majority used thread to tie the baby’s cord which are not usually sterile materials making babies exposed to infections resulting in neonatal death. Health education among mothers on; importance of hospital delivery, dangers of poor cord practice mainly on unhygienic application of substances on baby’s cord, emphasizing aseptic techniques to prevent complications mainly neonatal death.
A Research Report submitted To Uganda Nurses And Midwives Examinations Board in Partial Fulfillment Of The Requirement For The Award Of The Diploma In Nursing Sciences.
Umbilical Cord Care, Knowledge And Practices On Umbilical Cord, Mothers- Young Child Clinic