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Table 3 Observed discharge advice given to mothers

From: Hygiene along the continuum of care in the early post-natal period: an observational study in Nigeria

Topic Advice Primary (N = 10) Secondary (N = 10) Tertiary (N = 13)
Mother care Do not insert anything into the vagina 2 5 8
Take rest and sleep 5 8 8
Wash perineum daily and after faecal excretion 5 6 8
Change sanitary pads every 4 to 6 h 5 7 8
Wash used pads or dispose of them safely 4 4 8
Wash the body daily. 5 9 8
Avoid sexual intercourse until the perineum heals 3 5 5
Newborn care Wash hands before handling baby 3 6 8
How to care for the cord 6 9 8
Sleep under an insecticide treated net 6 6 8
Exclusive breastfeeding 6 7 8
Other Other advice 4 7 4
No advice 4 0 5
Drugs Pain relief 9 9 12
Antiseptic 2 7 7
Vitamin C 8 8 9
Vitamin B complex 8 9 5