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J Gorgan Univ Med Sci 2021, 23(2): 90-94 Back to browse issues page
Frequency of parents' self-medication in children who need medical care in Gorgan, north of Iran (2018-19)
Abdolhadi Aref1 , Leila Barati * 2
1- General Physician, Faculty of Medicine, Golestan University of Medical Sciences, Gorgan, Iran.
2- Pediatrician, Assistant Professor, Neonatal and Children`s Health Research Center, Faculty of Medicine, Golestan University of Medical Sciences, Gorgan, Iran. , barati.ped@gmail.com
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Background and Objective: One of the most important concerns in children is self- medication that may cause in delay the correct diagnosis, and increases morbidity and mortality. This study was performed to determine the frequency of self-medication of parents in children in need of medical care in Gorgan city.
Methods: This descriptive-analytical study was performed on 270 children referred to the pediatric clinic of Taleghani Hospital in Gorgan, northern Iran during 2018-19. Medications were given to the children by their parents arbitrarily without prescriptions by doctors during the recent week were evaluated.
Results: 58.5% and 41.5% of children were males and females, respectively. The average age of children was 5.79 ±4.15 years. Self-medication was the first choice of 60.4% of parents. In the recent week, 48.9% of parents had self-medicated to treat their child's current illness, of which 31.8% reported antipyretic, 17.4% herbal medicines, 11.4% antibiotics and 23.5% other medicines. 91% of parents were unaware of correct dose of drugs and 96.3% did not have any knowledge about possible side effects of drugs, contraindications and precautions. There was a statistically significant association between parent job (self-employment) and self-medication (P<0.05).
Conclusion: 48.9% of parents were performed self-medication on their children. Out of those parents 91% and 96.3% were not aware from the correct drugs dosage and of possible side effects, contraindications and potential risks respectively.

Keywords: Self-Medication [MeSH], Parents [MeSH], Child [MeSH],
Article ID: Vol23-31
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Aref A, Barati L. Frequency of parents' self-medication in children who need medical care in Gorgan, north of Iran (2018-19). J Gorgan Univ Med Sci. 2021; 23 (2) :90-94
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