Introduction: Hyperbilirubinemia is a common neonatal condition and in most instances, a
benign problem in infants. It occurs in close to 60 percent of all term babies worldwide. In
Ghana, neonatal jaundice was found to be part of the top five causes of neonatal mortality. In
the Trauma and Specialist Hospital, Winneba, it was the sixth most common cause of
admission and the seventh most common cause of death in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
Methods: This qualitative case study assesses the health-seeking behaviours of mothers with
babies diagnosed of neonatal jaundice in the Winneba community. A purposive sampling
technique was used to select 24 mothers of neonatal jaundiced babies admitted at the Trauma
and Specialist Hospital, Winneba. Data was collected through in-depth interviews from
selected participants using an interview guide and analysed thematically guided by NVivo
Qualitative Analysis Software version 12.
Results: The study revealed that health seeking behaviour pathway of mothers were affected
by their perception of the severity of the illnesses, their knowledge of the condition and the
perception of the appropriate source of care. The hospital was the main care source to treat
neonatal jaundice. Hospital choice depended on the supportive roles of their husbands. The
financial disposition of the family dictated the choice of care and support from neighbours
and relatives for household chores helped participants to seek for medical assistance. Delays
in taking the babies to the hospital was due to poor knowledge of mothers on symptoms of
Conclusion: Implications are that delays in seeking health care for neonatal jaundice can be
curtailed with policy reforms and adequate public education. This will reduce the mortality
rate and burden of complications associated with neonatal jaundice.
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Coalition, CDR. "Health-Seeking Behaviours Of Mothers Of Babies With Neonatal Jaundice In The Winneba Community" Afribary.com (2021). Accessed April 14, 2021. https://afribary.com/works/health-seeking-behaviours-of-mothers-of-babies-with-neonatal-jaundice-in-the-winneba-community