A study to identify knowledge, attitude and practices prevalent amongst the caregivers of children below five years presenting with acute diarrhoea in a tertiary care centre


  • Poorva Gohiya Department of Pediatrics, Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
  • Varsha Shrivastava Department of Pediatrics, LN Medical College, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
  • Swetleena Mandavi Department of Pediatrics, Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
  • Rashmi Dwivedi Department of Pediatrics, LN Medical College, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India




Bottle feeding, Hand-washing, Illiteracy, Mother, ORS


Background: Diarrhoeal infections are the second leading cause of death worldwide in under-five children covering 9% of the total deaths. The objective of the study was to assess and compare mothers’ knowledge, attitude and practice regarding prevention and management of diarrhoea in children.

Methods: A cross-sectional hospital-based observational study was conducted in a tertiary centre amongst all 356 children between age group 2 months to 60 months admitted with acute watery diarrhea. A pre-tested questionnaire and face-to-face interviews with the mothers was used as a data collection tool.

Results: Most of the mothers 282 (79.2%) were 20-30-year-old, 51.4% were illiterate, 57.3% were unemployed and 27.2% were daily wage labourers. 44.6% people came from rural background and 78.9% belonged to lower socio-economic strata. 30.3% were exclusively breastfed and 69.7% were on top feeds. Animal milk was taken by 62.1%, 46.6% had dilution and 50.6% used bottles for feeding. 70.5% of mothers washed their hands at the time of feeding of their child, 93.8% mother covered food in their houses while only 26.7% of mothers gave freshly cooked food. Mother’s outlook on various aspects of diarrhea was sought. Very few mothers considered poor sanitation (2.5%) and

contaminated water (12.6%) as a source of diarrhea. Only 8.7% mothers knew about the role of ORS in diarrhea and maximum (53.4%) considered that diarrhea could not be avoided by any measure.

Conclusions: Mother’s knowledge regarding causes, management and prevention of diarrhea needs to be upgraded to allow better utilisation of health resources by the families.


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