MOTHERS AWARENESS ABOUT INDOOR POLLUTION AND CHILD HEALTH PROBLEMS

Lamyaa Hassaan Sayed, Dr. Sahar Ahmed Shafik, Dr. Amany Mohamed Saad

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Indoor pollution is a global public health crisis exposure to pollutants threatens the health of all ages in every part of the world in both urban and rural areas but it affect the most vulnerable groups as children. Aim: The study aimed to assess mother’s awareness about indoor pollution and child health problems. Design: Descriptive design was applied in this study. Sample: Convenient sample was equal 90 homes. Setting: Tallh rural areas at El- Minia Governorate. Tools: Two tools was used, I) Interviewing questionnaire covering three parts. Part I. socio-demographic characteristic, part II.child health problems, and part III.mother's knowledge about indoor pollution, II) An observational checklist sheet to assess housing environmental condition and mother's practice. Results: The study results revealed that 70% of the mothershad incorrect knowledge about effects of indoor pollution on child health, 65% of mothers had inadequate done practice about indoor pollution, 83.3% of children  complain from colds make the cough worse and increase the difficulty of breathing due to chest problems, 58. 9% of the insects present inside the home, and63.3% the presence of mice in the home. Conclusion:The present studyshowed that, more than two thirds of mothers had incorrect knowledge and inadequate done practice about indoor pollution and the majority of children have health problems regarding indoor pollution. Recommendations: Continuous implementing of educational program for mothers about indoor pollutionin the home.

Key words: Mothers awareness, Indoor pollution, Child health problems.


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