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Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP

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MELLO, Débora Falleiros de; ROCHA, Semiramis Melani Melo; MARTINS, Danielle Cristine  and  CHIOZI, Susana Zanardo. Mothers' care to the low birth weight infant. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2002, vol.36, n.3, pp.262-269. ISSN 0080-6234.

This is an exploratory and descriptive study which aimed at characterizing mothers' accounts on the care given to the health of children with low weight at birth during their first and second years of life by means of home interviews with a group of eleven mothers of children from Ribeirão Preto - SR The mothers pointed to difficulties with breastfeeding, the babies' diet and medication use. They also referred to concerns about intercurrences, re-hospitalizations and psychomotor development, which results in the need for professional support in order to evaluate and follow the growth and development process of children within families' everyday life.

Keywords : Child care; Infant, now birth weight; Pediatric nursing.

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