Journal article Open Access
Dr. Awad Mohammed Al-Qahtani and Dr. Howaida Moawad Ahmed
Infant abdominal massage and foot reflexology is part of a growing trend in a complementary therapy and is accepted as one of the tools for relieving colic.
Purpose: The purpose of this study was assessing new mother’s knowledge, practice, and attitude towards infant massage and foot reflexology, planning and implementing the education program according to new mothers’ needs, evaluating the improvement of new mother’s knowledge, practice, and attitude after program implementations.
Design: A quasi-experimental design was used in this study
Setting: The study was conducted at the outpatient clinic of University Hospital in Najran at Saudi Arabia.
Sample: Convenience sample from sixty-two new mothers with infant age from one to four months of age suffering from colic.
Tool: Data was collected through three tools were used. 1-Structured interviewing sheet: It had two parts: a- Socio-demographic characteristic of the new mothers and their infant b- An interviewing questionnaire to assess new mother’s knowledge 2- An observation checklist to assess new mother’s practice. 3-Likert scale to assess attitude of new mothers toward infant abdominal massage and foot reflexology.
Results: The majority of new mother’s post program was improved their knowledge, practice and attitude. A statistically significant positive correlation was found between total scores of knowledge, practice, and attitude of new mothers with their age, education level and working.
Conclusion: The study was concluded that the educational program for new mothers improved their knowledge, practice, and attitude towards infant abdominal massage and foot reflexology in decreasing the infant colic.
Recommendation: Based on the study results it is recommended to importance of continuing educational program for new mothers regard infant abdominal massage and foot reflexology as complementary therapy to decrease infant colic.