العدد الثاني العام 2018

Awareness and attitude of mothers about herbal medicine used to treat children aged under 5 years in Shendi City, Sudan

Mariam Mohammed Elnageeb*, Shireen Abdelfatah Mohmmed, Lmya Eltyeab Alhadi, Adeela Said Mohammed

Department of Pediatric Nursing, Faculty of Nursing Sciences, Shendi University, Shendi,
Sudan,
*elnagmariam55@gmail.com


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Abstract

A cross-sectional study was conducted in Shendi City, Sudan, from August to December 2016 to
assess the awareness and attitude of mothers regarding herbal medicine used in treating children aged
under 5 years. A hundred participants were included and data were collected using a structured
questionnaire. Participants were found aware of the concept of using herbs as alternative medicine,
either as a replacement or adjuncts for treatment of mild illness such as a common cold, diarrhea and
cough. The main reasons found for the use of herbs were their cheapness, availability and side effects
free. The important source of information about the nature of plants was from grandmothers and
media. Finally, physicians and nurses recommended regulating lectures on herbal medicine and its
uses in proper ways.
Keywords: Mother, attitude, herb medicine.

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