Parental Anxiety of Perceived Disorder and Application of Concoctions on Infant Pulsating Anterior Fontanelle in the Tamale Metropolis, Ghana
The study seeks
to unearth parental anxiety of perceived
disorder and application of concoctions on infant pulsating anterior fontanelle
in the Tamale metropolis, Ghana. Pulsation
of the anterior fontanelle though a physiological reality of all infants, causes
anxiety on the part of parents for fear of the infant suffering some form of harm
as a result. A qualitative study which employed the narrative realities of mothers,
delving into mothers’ beliefs on the physiologic functionality of the anterior fontanelle
and perceived treatment mode commonly employed by mothers. The study revealed that
mothers do not have any scientific reason behind the belief system for the application
of concoctions on the pulsating anterior fontanelles of their infants. Consequently,
the author recommends that the Ghana Health Service, the Teaching Hospitals, and the Municipal
and District Health authorities should embark on serious health education on the
essence of the fontanelle and demystify some cultural or traditional belief systems
around pulsation of the anterior fontanelle. The
application of concoctions on infant pulsating fontanelles is just not based on
scientific principles known to the people, but it is perceptively done out of fear
of the unknown.
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