Childrearing Behavior, Infant’s Health Problems and Nursing Care Needs among Care Providers of Infants
This study is the descriptive research aiming to identify information about childrearing behavior, infant’s health problems and nursing care needs. Subjects were 177 care providers who visited well baby clinic at Thammasat Chalermprakiet Hospital. Data has been collected by questionnaires developed by the researcher that includes information regarding childrearing behaviors, infant’s health problems, and nursing care needs. In addition, qualitative method through in-depth interview were used to gain information. Data analysis was conducted by frequency, percentage, mean, standard deviation, and content analysis approach.
The findings have revealed that most of care providers had childrearing behaviors at good level. When considering in each item, it has been found that childrearing behaviors in terms of mouth and teeth care, bottle care, supplementary nutrition, and telling fairy tales were at poor level. The most frequent infant’s health problems included common cold and vomit. Additional information from in-depth interview among care providers who had childrearing behavior ranked at poor level demonstrated that they had inadequate information leading to inappropriate childrearing behaviors. With regards to nursing care needs, the provision of information about growth and development, nutrition, immunization, general care, and common health problems in infants was needed at high to highest levels.These findings suggested that nurse to develop strategy for effective information provision to lessen the problems and obstacles faced by care providers in childrearing. In addition, nurses should develop nursing intervention to enhance care providers’ competencies in raising infants with quality.
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