Knowledge and Practice of Growth Chart among Mothers attending Well-Baby Clinic at Urban Health Training Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Sujata R. Lavangare, Prabhadevi Ravichan

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Background: The growth chart is a visual tool and useful instrument for educating the mothers and their families. Knowledge regarding growth chart empowers the mothers to be completely in-charge of their childs growth and development. Objective: The objective of the study was to find out the knowledge and practice of growth charts among mothers of children aged between 0 and 3 years attending well-baby clinic at urban health training center, Mumbai. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 161 mothers of children aged between 0 and 3 years who attended the well-baby clinic at urban health training center, Mumbai from December 2019 to February 2020. Face to face interview was conducted with the help of semi-structured, validated questionnaire. Data was collected regarding the knowledge and practice of growth charts among mothers of children aged between 0 and 3 years attending well-baby clinic. Data was analyzed using SPSS version 22. At 95% confidence interval, P < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: Only 40 (24.8%) mothers had good knowledge regarding growth charts. Only 3 (1.9%) mothers used growth chart at home. There was significant association between mothers occupation and socio-economic status with knowledge and practice of growth chart. There was significant association between mothers educations with practice of growth chart. Conclusions: Although there was good knowledge of growth chart, the practice was found to be low. Educating mothers during growth monitoring sessions will empower her and make her self-reliant.

Keywords: Knowledge, mothers, practice, growth charts, growth monitoring


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