Chapter 12.4 Home treatment

  • Use words the mother understands.
  • Use teaching aids that are familiar (e.g. common containers for mixing ORS).
  • Allow the mother to practise what she must do, e.g. preparing ORS solution or giving an oral medication, and encourage her to ask questions.
  • Give advice in a helpful, constructive manner, praising the mother for correct answers or good practice.

Teaching mothers is not just giving instructions. It should include:

  • Teaching mothers is not just giving instructions. It should include:
  • Give information. Explain to the mother how to give treatment, e.g.preparing ORS, giving an oral antibiotic or applying eye ointment.
  • Show an example. Demonstrate to the mother how to give the treatment.
  • Let her practice. Ask the mother to prepare the medicine or give the treatment while you watch. Help her as needed, so that she does it correctly.
  • Check her understanding. Ask the mother to repeat the instructions in her own words, or ask her questions to see that she has understood correctly.