Original Article

IJMDC. 2020; 4(1): 74-78

An exploration of Saudi parentsí knowledge, attitudes, and practice toward childhood fever in Hail, Saudi Arabia

Authors: Fayez Alreshidi, Ghadah Abdulrahman Albalawi, Kholoud Mokhtar Al Azmi, Yousef Duhaim Al Rashdi, Awad Mohaysen Al-Rashidi, Nasir A. Ali.

ABSTRACT

Background: Fever in children represent one of the most serious public problems that parents look for medical assistant for and is considered to be a clear sign of both infectious and chronic diseases common among children. The present study was aimed at evaluating the parentsí knowledge, attitudes, and practice toward childhood fever. Methodology: A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted in Hail city, Saudi Arabia. A total of 403 parents were selected and a standardized questionnaire was used for data collection, collected data were analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) Ver. 20 software. Results: About 55% of participants were within the age of 30 to 50 years old, 60% of parents agreed that paracetamol is the most common drug practiced for lowering the fever, and most of the parents were confused about the use of antibiotics for both viral and bacterial infection. Furthermore, the majority of the parents agreed that every child with a fever needs paracetamol, while 36% did not agree for the need for antibiotics for childhood fever. Conclusion: The study results reflected the importance of conducting health education sessions and interventions to raise the parentsí perception and knowledge related to the misuse of medications for childhood fever.

Keywords:
Childhood fever, parentsí knowledge, attitudes, and practice, Hail city, Saudi Arabia


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An exploration of Saudi parentsí knowledge, attitudes, and practice toward childhood fever in Hail, Saudi Arabia


Authors
Fayez Alreshidi
Hail University, Al-Hail, Saudi Arabia
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Ghadah Abdulrahman Albalawi
Hail University, Al-Hail, Saudi Arabia
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Kholoud Mokhtar Al Azmi
Hail University, Al-Hail, Saudi Arabia
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Yousef Duhaim Al Rashdi
Hail University, Al-Hail, Saudi Arabia
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Awad Mohaysen Al-Rashidi
Hail University, Al-Hail, Saudi Arabia
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Nasir A Ali
Jazan University, Saudi Arabia
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Correspondence to:
. Fayez Alreshidi Consultant family medicine at Hail University, Saudi Arabia; Dr_fayez@live.com

Publication history
Received 11 Oct 2019
Accepted 01 Dec 2019
Published online 24 Dec 2019
Published in print 13 Jan 2020

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Alreshidi F, Albalawi GA, Azmi KMA, Rashdi YDA, Al-Rashidi AM, Ali NA. An exploration of Saudi parentsí knowledge, attitudes, and practice toward childhood fever in Hail, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2020; 4(1): 74-78. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1570821354


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Alreshidi F, Albalawi GA, Azmi KMA, Rashdi YDA, Al-Rashidi AM, Ali NA. An exploration of Saudi parentsí knowledge, attitudes, and practice toward childhood fever in Hail, Saudi Arabia. http://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=69249 [Access: January 25, 2020]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1570821354


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Alreshidi F, Albalawi GA, Azmi KMA, Rashdi YDA, Al-Rashidi AM, Ali NA. An exploration of Saudi parentsí knowledge, attitudes, and practice toward childhood fever in Hail, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2020; 4(1): 74-78. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1570821354


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Alreshidi F, Albalawi GA, Azmi KMA, Rashdi YDA, Al-Rashidi AM, Ali NA. An exploration of Saudi parentsí knowledge, attitudes, and practice toward childhood fever in Hail, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. (2020), [cited January 25, 2020]; 4(1): 74-78. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1570821354


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Alreshidi, F., Albalawi, . G. A., Azmi, . K. M. A., Rashdi, . Y. D. A., Al-Rashidi, . A. M. & Ali, . N. A. (2020) An exploration of Saudi parentsí knowledge, attitudes, and practice toward childhood fever in Hail, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC, 4 (1), 74-78. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1570821354


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Alreshidi, Fayez, Ghadah Abdulrahman Albalawi, Kholoud Mokhtar Al Azmi, Yousef Duhaim Al Rashdi, Awad Mohaysen Al-Rashidi, and Nasir A. Ali. 2020. An exploration of Saudi parentsí knowledge, attitudes, and practice toward childhood fever in Hail, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (1), 74-78. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1570821354


Chicago Style

Alreshidi, Fayez, Ghadah Abdulrahman Albalawi, Kholoud Mokhtar Al Azmi, Yousef Duhaim Al Rashdi, Awad Mohaysen Al-Rashidi, and Nasir A. Ali. "An exploration of Saudi parentsí knowledge, attitudes, and practice toward childhood fever in Hail, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4 (2020), 74-78. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1570821354


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Alreshidi, Fayez, Ghadah Abdulrahman Albalawi, Kholoud Mokhtar Al Azmi, Yousef Duhaim Al Rashdi, Awad Mohaysen Al-Rashidi, and Nasir A. Ali. "An exploration of Saudi parentsí knowledge, attitudes, and practice toward childhood fever in Hail, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4.1 (2020), 74-78. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1570821354


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Alreshidi, F., Albalawi, . G. A., Azmi, . K. M. A., Rashdi, . Y. D. A., Al-Rashidi, . A. M. & Ali, . N. A. (2020) An exploration of Saudi parentsí knowledge, attitudes, and practice toward childhood fever in Hail, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (1), 74-78. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1570821354


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