Traditional practices used by Turkish mothers in the care of their babies

Acikgoz A., Orsal Ö., Orsal O., Balci-Alparslan G.

Holistic Nursing Practice, vol.28, no.3, pp.198-207, 2014 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/hnp.0000000000000025
  • Journal Name: Holistic Nursing Practice
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.198-207


This descriptive study was conducted to determine the traditional practices used by 1410 mothers in the care of their babies in Eskisehir, Turkey. The results of the present study suggest that traditional practices, which sometimes may be hazardous or beneficial, are widely used by Turkish mothers. We recommend that families should be informed about the possible hazardous effects of some traditional practices, however the non-hazardous and beneficial practices providing spiritual well-being may be supported. The optimal strategy is to teach mothers this information during the pregnancy period. Copyright © 2014 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.