Acıbadem Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Dergisi 2019 , Vol 10, Issue 2
Traditional Practices On Baby Care In Parents With 0-12 Months Babies
Gülzade Uysal1,Kerime Derya Beydağ1,Duygu Sönmez Düzkaya2
1Okan Üniversitesi, Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi, Hemşirelik Bölümü, Hemşirelik, İstanbul, Türkiye
2İstanbul Üniversitesi İstanbul Tıp Fakültesi, Hemşirelik Hizmetleri Müdürlüğü, Hemşirelik, İstanbul, Türkiye
DOI : 10.31067/0.2019.143 Purpose: This study has been conducted in order to determine the traditional practices in regard to infant care of parents with infants between the ages of 0-12 months.

Materials and Methods: The study was planned as a descriptive cross-sectional study and data were collected using a random sampling method from a family health center in Tuzla between September 2015-December 2015. The universe of the study consisted of 328 infants between the ages of 0-12 months who were registered in a family health center last year. 215 parents (65.5%) who were willing to participate in the study were included in the sample.

Findings: The average age of the infants who were included in the study was 6.25±0.24 months. The mean of the infants" birth week was 38.17±0.19 weeks and 52.6% of them were baby girls (or females). The average maternal age was 28.74±0.37. 75.3% of the mothers expressed that they got information(were educated) about infant care, 79% of them expressed that they got information from nurses/midwives and 50.6% of them expressed that they found the information they learned useful and satisfactory. 80% of the participating mothers in the study expressed that they salted?!?!?! their infants, 62.3% of them expressed that they emptied the first colostrum. 6% of them expressed that they put hollum?!?!?! under their infants. 56.7% of mothers expressed that they used cologne?!?!?! and 30.7% of them expressed that they used olive oil to make the umbilical stump fall off quickly. 5.1% of the mothers expressed that they wiped the aphtha?!?!?! (ulcer) with a piece of dry cloth , 34.4% of them expressed that they washed(bathed/ showered) their infants and 5.6% of them expressed that they oiled their infants with shortening(in a short time/shortly)???? when they had a rash. 48.8% of mothers expressed that they swaddled their infants, 14.9% of them expressed that they did not visit another woman who gave birth within forty days to protect their infants from incubi. (the plural form of "incubus")

Conclusion: It has been observed that the majority of the participating mothers continue to use different traditional practices regarding infant care. In the light of these results, it can be suggested by health professionals to inform the mothers about the applications of infant care. Keywords : Infant care, traditional practices, parents