The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 57, Issue 4, pp 563–566 | Cite as

Knowledge and practices among rural mothers in Haryana about childhood diarrhea

  • A. K. Sood
  • Umesh Kapil
Original Articles


Knowledge and practices of 108 rural mothers about childhood diarrhea, were determined by using pretested semi-structured interview schedules. The common causes of diarrhea reported were eruption of teeth (67.59%), eating of mud (51.85%), worm infestation (47.22%), change of climate (35.18%), poor personal hygiene (34.25%) and changes in diet (25.92%).

Majority (83.33%) of mothers practiced food restriction during diarrhea. Seventy seven percent consulted their mother-in-laws in the first instance for treatment of diarrhea. The home remedies tried by mothers were, isabgol husk with curd (30.55%), ghee with tea (28.70%) water boiled with mint leaves (25.92%), local ghutti (22.22%) and unripe mango juice (16.66%). Majority of mothers (83.33%) believed that oral rehydration therapy alone, cannot treat diarrhea.

Key words

Diarrhea Oral rehydration therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. K. Sood
    • 1
  • Umesh Kapil
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Preventive and Social MedicineMedical CollegeHaryana
  2. 2.Human Nutrition UnitAll India Institute of Medical SciencesNew Delhi

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