A study to assess the awareness regarding management of upper respiratory tract infections among the mothers of under five children in a selected community areas in Moradabad
N Siva, Benazer
Introduction: Upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) are illnesses caused by an acute infection which involves the nose, sinuses, pharynx or larynx. This commonly includes nasal obstruction, sore throat, tonsillitis, pharyngitis, laryngitis, sinusitis, otitis media, and the common cold. Most infections are viral in nature and in other instances the cause is bacterial. Upper respiratory tract infections can also be fungal or helminth in origin, but these are far less common. Aim: To assess the awareness regarding management of Upper Respiratory Tract Infection among the mothers of under five children in a selected community areas in Moradabad. Materials and methods: Quantitative Research approach was selected for this study. Research Design: The research design selected for the study was a Cross-sectional descriptive research design was adopted for the study. x Setting Of the study: selected community areas of Moradabad. Population: In the present study the population includes Mothers who all having under five children with URTI, Sample and sampling technique: Total 150 Mothers were selected by using convenience sampling technique. Results: The study concluded that majority (40.9%) of the mothers had average knowledge and most (83.80%) of the mothers had favourable attitude towards URTI in under five children. Majority 136 (88.3%) of the sample took their children to hospital during illness. Conclusion: The distance to the hospital was the main barrier for them to seeking medical advice. The factors which influenced the mothers for using home remedies were financial problems and family member’s advice.