Child's Security on Mothers' Perspective: Subsidies to Health Promotion

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Debora Mello, RN, PhD
Department Maternal Infant and Public Health Nursing, School of Nursing Ribeirao Preto University of Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, Brazil

Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to discuss elements of nursing research in the hermeneutic perspective.

Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to identify aspects of child health care from mothers' perspective in the context of health promotion.

Purpose: Patient’s security and quality of health assistance have been receiving special attention in a global ambit. Child’s care on health promotion context aims at making sure of a follow-up and health surveillance about child growth and development, with integral and longitudinal care, and above allawareness of mothers and families’ values. The objective is to analyze mothers’ narratives about under year old child’s care and security focusing on the essential needs and child health promotion.

Methods: Qualitative study on hermeneutic perspective, established on a conceptual framework of the child’s essential needs, based on interviews recorded with 16 mothers, at their houses.

Results: The mothers’ reports show aspects about the presence and involvement of parents, child’s physical protection, security within limits and support interactions on the child’s daily care. Those mothers express awareness and responsibility about infancy development, pointing out which situations could be vulnerable to the child’s health. In moments of uncertainty, nurses are positive references to the mothers.  

Conclusion: Knowledge and reflection about subjects’ needs, that most of the times are not recognized, or reduced to modulated demand through the offers of health services, are vital to the process of taking care and illuminating health practices. It is fundamental that health professionals expand their comprehension about infancy development, collaborating to reassure continuous supporters, protection, and respect to individual differences. They also might stimulate adequate experiences for child’s development, establishing limits as well as constructing solid and sustainer social network. Child’s security interposed by their essential needs contributes to a balanced effective on child growth and development process.