DOI: 10.5176/2251-3833_GHC13.72

Authors: M.N. Priyadarshanie and K. Pethiyagoda

Neonatal deaths have been estimated be approximately 4 million annually in the world (Parul, 2007) while the infant mortality rate is 11.2 per 1000 live births (Annual Health Bulletin, Sri Lanka ,2003). Neonates are at risk for death due to various health problems, even though they have been born with average birth weights, thus ,the morbidity and mortality rates in newborn infants are higher.

Providing optimal care will greatly improve the survival of infants ( Parul, 2007) . Most neonatal deaths can be prevented by taking measures such as clean delivery, prompt resuscitation, infection control, thermal protection and breast feeding. Thus the improvements in the survival of newborn is dependent on health care provided (Gupta et al., 2010) . Death during the neonatal period (the first 28 days of life) accounts for almost two-thirds of all deaths in the first year of life and 40{6e6090cdd558c53a8bc18225ef4499fead9160abd3419ad4f137e902b483c465} of deaths before the age of five
(Parlato et al., 2005).

Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine the knowledge of mothers, who were admitted to the postnatal ward of Teaching Hospital Kurunegala regarding the neonatal baby care.

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