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Methods used to eliminate colic in infants in the eastern parts of Turkey.
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PMID:  17973727     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Infant colic is a common problem characterized by excessive crying and fussing. There is not a consistent treatment method used to eliminate colic. Mothers make use of various models together to eliminate colic in their infants. This study was carried out to delineate the methods used by mothers to eliminate colic in their infants and to determine the efficacy of the various methods. DESIGN: Descriptive study. METHODS: The study was performed by visiting the homes of 186 babies (1-3 months of age) whose mothers had previously registered at a health center in Eastern Turkey between January 1 and February 28, 2005. Questionnaires and Wessel's criteria were used to obtain the data. The methods used by mothers to eliminate colic were classified as behavioral, natural, and drug treatments and were examined accordingly. RESULTS: According to mothers' statements, 75.8% of the babies had colic, while according to the Wessel criteria, 51.1% had colic symptoms. One hundred percent of the mothers used behavioral treatments, 66% used drug therapies, and 64.5% used natural treatment methods to eliminate colic. CONCLUSIONS: Mothers indicated that they achieved the most benefit from behavioral interventions, followed by natural therapies, and the least from drug treatments.
Esra Karaca Ciftçi; Duygu Arikan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Public health nursing (Boston, Mass.)     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0737-1209     ISO Abbreviation:  Public Health Nurs     Publication Date:    2007 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-11-01     Completed Date:  2008-01-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8501498     Medline TA:  Public Health Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  503-10     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Department of Child Health Nursing, Atatürk University Erzurum Health School, Erzurum, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Health*
Colic / epidemiology,  etiology,  prevention & control*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Infant Behavior
Infant Care / methods*,  psychology
Infant Food
Intestinal Diseases / epidemiology,  etiology,  prevention & control*
Irritable Mood
Maternal Behavior
Mothers / education,  psychology*
Nurse's Role
Nursing Methodology Research
Turkey / epidemiology

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