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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 27-35

Acute gastroenteritis and its impact on the quality of life of parents and children

Pasig City General Hospital, F. Legaspi Street, Maybunga, Pasig City, Philippines

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Jacqueline V Garcia
Pasig City General Hospital, F. Legaspi Street, Maybunga, Pasig City
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Aim: To assess the impact of acute gastroenteritis on the quality of life of both parents and children ages 3mos-5years old. Methods: A prospective study with Ninety-five respondents recruited based on inclusion/exclusion criteria for a duration of six months (April 2016-September 2106) at a local government hospital in the Philippines. A Self-administered standardized questionnaire was given to parents. Results: Acute gastroenteritis moderately affected the children’s sleep. They were noted to become more clingy, irritable and sad. Parents themselves became severely worried. Their sleep, daily activities inside the home, level of energy, and social interactions were moderately affected. In addition, Acute Gastroenteritis also brought moderate stress to the parents. They became mildly upset, frustrated, guilty, embarrassed and helpless. Moreover, there was no significant association demonstrated between the demographic status of the parents and the negative impact on their physical, emotional and social interaction because of the children’s gastroenteritis. Furthermore, there was a statistically significant association between the symptom severity of gastroenteritis with the child’s functional and emotional symptoms. Conversely, Acute gastroenteritis did not show statistical significant association with the physical and emotional status of the parents. It significantly affected their social interaction with other family members, friends and extended family. Conclusion: Acute gastroenteritis affects the quality of life of both parents and children and poses a significant negative impact on their daily lives. Relevant measures such as proper counseling on sanitation and hygiene, nutrition and vaccination by healthcare practitioners are therefore imperative to prevent the disease occurrence.

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