The effect of mother's socio-demographic characteristics, hygienic habits and feeding characteristics of the baby on the baby's height and weight: A follow-up study
Keywords:Mothers, demographic, sanitary , breastfeeding
Aim: The research was carried out to examine the effects of the mother's socio-demographic characteristics, hygienic habits and feeding characteristics of the baby on the baby's height and weight.
Materials and Methods: The research, which was carried out as a follow-up study, was carried out in the puerperal ward of a public hospital in eastern Turkey. The research was completed with 132 postpartum mothers. At the first meeting at the postpartum hospital, the phone numbers of the mothers who agreed to participate in the study were obtained and two follow-ups were made on the 10th day and at the 1st month. The research data were collected with the participant information form created by the researchers. Descriptive statistics (number, percentage, mean, standard deviation), t test, Mann Whitney U test, One-Way ANOVA test and Kruskal Wallis H test were used to evaluate the data.
Results: While the education level of the mother did not affect the baby's height in the 1st month postpartum (p>0.05), it was found that there was a significant difference on the weight (p<0.05). It was determined that the mother's frequency of breastfeeding during the day and the product used in the baby's bath were effective on the baby's weight in the 1st month after birth (p<0.05). It was found that the use of wet wipes in the care of the baby affected the baby's weight and height in the 1st month after birth (p<0.05).
Conclusion: In the study, it was found that the education level of the mother, the frequency of daytime breastfeeding and the product used in the baby's bath affected the baby's weight in the 1st month after birth. In addition, it has been determined that the use of wet wipes in baby care affects the weight and height of the baby in the 1st month after birth.
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