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Table 2 Mothers’ beliefs about diarrhea and its management (n = 20)

From: Mothers’ beliefs and barriers about childhood diarrhea and its management in Morang district, Nepal

Themes Examples Number Percentage
Causes of diarrhea* Dirt and lack of cleanliness 18 90
Disposal of stool near home in open air 6 30
Change in weather 3 15
Carelessness of mother 2 10
Traditional/supernatural 3 15
The most dangerous diarrhea Thin watery stool 16 80
Red stool 3 15
Green stool 1 5
Management* Oral rehydration solution 15 75
Salt sugar water solution 12 60
Traditional 3 15
Beneficial foods/fluids* Home available foods/fluids 17 85
Mother’s breast milk 12 60
Green leafy vegetables 6 30
Potato boiled in cow’s milk 3 15
Harmful foods/fluids* Spicy and oily foods/fluids 19 95
Stale/rotten foods/fluids 16 80
Hard foods/fluids 8 40
Cold foods/fluids 4 20
Beliefs toward prevention or management of diarrhea* Modern biomedical 18 90
Traditional 1 5
Modern plus traditional 3 15
Barriers toward prevention or management of diarrhea* Financial weakness 15 75
Lack of awareness 16 80
Lack of place for defecation 9 45
Distance of water source 6 30
Distance of healthcare facilities 8 40
  1. * The participants may have one or more views, thus the aggregate percentage may be more than 100%.