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Recognition of Parent’s Knowledge, Attitude and Practice Regarding Febrile Seizures in Children Under-Five

Hanaa I. El Sayed1,

1Lecturer of Pediatric Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Menoufia University, Egypt

Pub. Date: December 13, 2019

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Hanaa I. El Sayed. Recognition of Parent’s Knowledge, Attitude and Practice Regarding Febrile Seizures in Children Under-Five. American Journal of Nursing Research. 2020; 8(1):72-81. doi: 10.12691/ajnr-8-1-8


Background: Febrile seizures (FS) are the most common seizure disorder in children that are extremely frightening, emotionally traumatic and anxiety-provoking by parents. Therefore, this study aimed to examine parents' knowledge, attitude, and practice regarding febrile seizures in children under-five. Methods: A descriptive design was utilized. Settings: This study was conducted in the Pediatric department at Birket El Sabah Central Hospital. Sample: Convenient sample of 75 parents of children with FS (55 mothers and 20 fathers). The data were collected through a structured interview questionnaire to assess parents' knowledge, attitude and practice. Results: The findings revealed that the mean ± SD of the children of the enrolled parents was 23.97 ± 12.26 months and mean ± SD of parents was 29.86 ± 4.36. The majority of parents (86.7%) knew that fever can cause convulsion. Less than half of the studied sample (46.7%) had a thermometer in the home. The minority of parents (13.3%) carry out first aids before getting the child to the hospital. In conclusion: The findings concluded that there are needs for teaching programs to enhance the knowledge, attitude and practice level of parents regarding febrile seizures. Recommendation: Ongoing in-service education programs must be designed and implemented at Pediatric units to improve parent's knowledge, attitude, and practices regarding prevention and proper management of febrile children.

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