A study on health care seeking pattern of under five children in the rural field practice area of a medical college in Mandya District, Karnataka, India


  • Lakshmi L. Department of Paediatrics, Chamarajanagara Institute of Medical Sciences, Chamarajanagara, Karnataka, India
  • Bharathi Tulasi Penta Department of Paediatrics, Chamarajanagara Institute of Medical Sciences, Chamarajanagara, Karnataka, India
  • Ragavendra S. K. Department of Community Medicine, Adi Chunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Mandya, Karnataka, India




Health care, Illness, Treatment, Under five


Background: Children below five year constitute 14 % of total population in our country. They are vulnerable group deserving special health care. children are considered to be susceptible to host of disease and infection and the most important causes of under-five mortality are Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI), Preterm birth Complications, Diarrheal diseases, Intrapartum related complication, Malaria, Neonatal Sepsis, Meningitis and Tetanus. The objective of the present study was to study the health care seeking pattern of under five children in rural areas of Mandya District.

Methods: A cross sectional study was conducted at Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Bellur Cross from January 2017 to June 2017. All the children under the age of five years in the Rural Field Practise area of the AIMS, were included in the study.

Results: Out of the 324 male children in present study only 90 (27.7%) of them had suffered from any kind of illness in the past three months of duration and 59 (29.4%) out of 201 Female children had fallen ill. Fever, Diarrhoea, Pnemonia were the most common illness seen among the children. The association between the gender and illness was found to be statistically not significant.

Conclusions: Large number of parents availed government service due to fact that large number of families belonged to lower socioeconomic class. IEC activities should be enhanced so as to change the behavior of 100% mothers to seek the timely reference from a qualified Doctor for the illness and proper adherence to the treatment.


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