Knowledge and practice about teething of children among parents residing in panchkula district, haryana: a pilot study

Bhavna Gupta., Nidhi Gupta., Sahil Thakar., Preety Gupta., Surbhi Jindal and Venisha Pandita

Introduction: Teething is defined as a natural physiological process that is experienced by all children which commences from 6 months to about 3 years of age. A wide range of symptoms may be conjoined with teething and because of the controversy regarding the seriousness of some disturbances during tooth eruption, this study was designed to evaluate the knowledge about teething signs & symptoms and practice used to alleviate the pain associated with these symptoms among parents residing in Panchkula district, Haryana. Materials and Method: A self administered questionnaire was distributed among Parents attending the vaccination centres in four govt hospitals /CHC situated in District Panchkula, Haryana, India. Feedback from these parents were considered and reliability was assessed using Cronbach’s alpha coefficient which was found to be 0.76. Statistical Analysis: Data were entered and analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) for Windows software (version 21.0; SPSS Inc, Chicago). Results: It was observed that out of total 200 parents, majority of the respondents were mothers (78%). It was observed that both father and mother showed a significant difference (p> o.oo1) reporting fever being associated with teething. Descriptive statistics, chi square test and logistic regression showing Predictors of reporting fever and diarrohea as a symptom of infant teething (significant if p> 0.05) Conclusion: The current study found an association between tooth eruption and systemic symptoms such as fever and diarrhoea. However it was seen that there is still a greater need to educate the parents regarding teething so that safe practices can be adopted by the parents.

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