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31 / 10 / 2020

 


The prevalence and attitude of parental self-medication among children in Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia

Fatimah Sami Albattat, Zainab Mohammed Al-Omran, Ahmed Zuhair Alkhars, Hajer Hashim Alhashim, Sarah Salman Alnazghah, Fatimah Abdulmuttalib Alghadeer.


Abstract
Background: Parental self-medication is the use of drugs in pediatrics without prescription, regardless of the child’s age, dosage, or route of administration. Our aim in this study is to determine parental self-medication prevalence, attitude, and contributing factors in Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia.
Methodology: A cross-sectional study was conducted at Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia, during June 2020. A total of 1364 cases were collected using an online questionnaire tool. Data were analyzed using SPSS software.
Results: Among the total of 1364 parents who participated in this study, 79.20% were mothers. The prevalence of parental self-medication was 71.3%. Antipyretic drugs were the most commonly used by parents as self-medication to treat fever (95.5%). Previous experiences were the main sources of information for parents.
Conclusions: There is a high prevalence of parental self-medication among children in Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia. We recommend large educational programs for parents regarding the risk of this practice.

Key words: Keywords: Self-Medication, Parental self medication, Children, Attitude, Awareness, Saudi Arabia


 
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Albattat FS, Al-Omran ZM, Alkhars AZ, Alhashim HH, Alnazghah SS, Alghadeer FA. The prevalence and attitude of parental self-medication among children in Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2020; 4(11): 1952-1958. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1602243687


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Albattat FS, Al-Omran ZM, Alkhars AZ, Alhashim HH, Alnazghah SS, Alghadeer FA. The prevalence and attitude of parental self-medication among children in Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia. https://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=10084 [Access: June 05, 2024]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1602243687


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Albattat FS, Al-Omran ZM, Alkhars AZ, Alhashim HH, Alnazghah SS, Alghadeer FA. The prevalence and attitude of parental self-medication among children in Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2020; 4(11): 1952-1958. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1602243687



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Albattat FS, Al-Omran ZM, Alkhars AZ, Alhashim HH, Alnazghah SS, Alghadeer FA. The prevalence and attitude of parental self-medication among children in Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. (2020), [cited June 05, 2024]; 4(11): 1952-1958. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1602243687



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Albattat, F. S., Al-Omran, . Z. M., Alkhars, . A. Z., Alhashim, . H. H., Alnazghah, . S. S. & Alghadeer, . F. A. (2020) The prevalence and attitude of parental self-medication among children in Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC, 4 (11), 1952-1958. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1602243687



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Albattat, Fatimah Sami, Zainab Mohammed Al-Omran, Ahmed Zuhair Alkhars, Hajer Hashim Alhashim, Sarah Salman Alnazghah, and Fatimah Abdulmuttalib Alghadeer. 2020. The prevalence and attitude of parental self-medication among children in Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (11), 1952-1958. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1602243687



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Albattat, Fatimah Sami, Zainab Mohammed Al-Omran, Ahmed Zuhair Alkhars, Hajer Hashim Alhashim, Sarah Salman Alnazghah, and Fatimah Abdulmuttalib Alghadeer. "The prevalence and attitude of parental self-medication among children in Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4 (2020), 1952-1958. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1602243687



MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Albattat, Fatimah Sami, Zainab Mohammed Al-Omran, Ahmed Zuhair Alkhars, Hajer Hashim Alhashim, Sarah Salman Alnazghah, and Fatimah Abdulmuttalib Alghadeer. "The prevalence and attitude of parental self-medication among children in Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4.11 (2020), 1952-1958. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1602243687



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Albattat, F. S., Al-Omran, . Z. M., Alkhars, . A. Z., Alhashim, . H. H., Alnazghah, . S. S. & Alghadeer, . F. A. (2020) The prevalence and attitude of parental self-medication among children in Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (11), 1952-1958. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1602243687





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