Journal Article

Role of Cultural Beliefs in Influencing Selected Newborn Care Practices in Rural Haryana

Ravi Prakash Upadhyay, Bir Singh, Sanjay K. Rai and Krishnan Anand

in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics

Volume 58, issue 5, pages 406-408
Published in print October 2012 | ISSN: 0142-6338
Published online January 2012 | e-ISSN: 1465-3664 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tropej/fmr113
Role of Cultural Beliefs in Influencing Selected Newborn Care Practices in Rural Haryana

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Background: The role of prevalent culturally driven beliefs and practices in influencing home-based newborn care has not been adequately studied, especially in North India.

Methods: The study was conducted in 28 villages under Comprehensive Rural Health Services Project (CRHSP), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). A total of 415 mothers who had a baby in the second month of life, at the time of the visit for data collection were interviewed using pre-tested questionnaire.

Results: Nearly 77% of mothers reported some beliefs/practices with regard to care of the cord. Similarly, 81.0% mothers had beliefs regarding taking the baby out of the house for the first time after birth. Out of all the mothers that were interviewed, around 11% did not prefer their baby to be weighed at frequent intervals because according to them, doing so could lead to slowing of the growth of the baby.

Conclusion: Traditional knowledge and practices must be considered before developing neonatal health care intervention strategies.

Keywords: newborn care; cultural belief; rural; North India

Journal Article.  1364 words. 

Subjects: Paediatrics

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