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Kareem Jamal Hamad

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Neonatal jaundice is one of the most common and serious conditions requiring medical attention. Early discharge of neonates before the onset of jaundice would reduce access to treatments and mothers act critical role in managing condition. Therefore, this study set out to assess the mothers’ knowledge of neonatal jaundice. A descriptive study was conducted from January to May 2018, using random sample of 100 mothers attended maternal and pediatric hospital in Soran city during antenatal visit. Data were collected through the use of a specially designed questionnaire for the purpose of the study. The finding of the study shows that 36% of mothers were in the age group of 25–30 years. Majorities (84%) were Muslim, 76% of them were housewives, and 49% was multipara. Another major finding revealed that most of the mothers (88%) had poor knowledge of neonatal jaundice. Results show a significant association between education level, occupation of mothers, and their knowledge of neonatal jaundice. This study revealed that mothers had poor knowledge and there was a dramatic lack of knowledge regarding causes and danger signs of neonatal jaundice. Education level and occupation status had a significant impact on mothers’ knowledge. It is recommended more attention on educating mothers during antenatal visits, as well as proper training health-care providers, updating their knowledge and teaching methods.


Assessment, Knowledge, Mother, Neonatal jaundice

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