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Table 1 Current symptoms experienced by children as reported by the parent

From: Children's health and parental socioeconomic factors: a population-based survey in Finland

Symptoms Boys    Girls    Total
  0-2 3-6 7-11 0-2 3-6 7-11  
  (n = 532) (n = 677) (n = 865) (n = 468) (n = 595) (n = 847) (n = 3984)
  n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)
Psychosomatic symptoms 66 (12.4) 50 (7.4) 104 (12.0) 67 (14.3) 47 (7.9) 103 (12.2) 437 (10.9)
   Sleep disorders 50 (9.4) 26 (3.8) 29 (3.4) 54 (11.5) 23 (3.9) 26 (3.1) 218 (5.5)
   Fatigue or dizziness 24 (4.5) 21 (3.1) 50 (5.8) 21 (4.9) 19 (3.2) 61 (7.2) 196 (4.9)
   Anxiety 3 (0.6) 12 (1.8) 43 (5.0) 7 (1.5) 12 (2.0) 37 (4.4) 114 (2.9)
   Depression 0 (0) 3 (0.4) 16 (1.8) 1 (0.2) 4 (0.7) 11 (1.3) 35 (0.9)
Other symptoms 382 (71.8) 421 (62.2) 507 (58.6) 318 (67.9) 386 (64.9) 551 (65.1) 2565 (64.4)
   Symptoms of common cold 244 (45.9) 255 (37.7) 222 (25.7) 190 (40.6) 209 (35.1) 224 (26.4) 1344 (33.7)
   Eczema 156 (29.3) 143 (21.1) 163 (18.8) 135 (28.8) 170 (28.6) 181 (21.4) 948 (23.8)
   Flatulence 67 (12.6) 54 (7.8) 110 (12.7) 48 (10.3) 47 (7.9) 128 (15.1) 454 (11.4)
   Growing pains 11 (2.1) 78 (11.5) 98 (11.3) 4 (0.9) 57 (9.6) 108 (12.8) 356 (8.9)
   Sore throat 20 (3.8) 25 (3.7) 55 (6.4) 7 (1.5) 38 (6.4) 72 (8.5) 217 (5.4)
   Headache 1 (0.2) 19 (2.8) 71 (8.2) 1 (0.2) 12 (2.0) 102 (12.0) 206 (5.2)
   Fever 32 (6.0) 31 (4.6) 23 (2.6) 31 (6.6) 25 (4.2) 13 (1.5) 155 (3.9)
   Allergy symptoms 15 (2.8) 19 (2.8) 42 (4.9) 15 (3.2) 15 (2.5) 38 (4.5) 144 (3.6)
   Constipation 24 (4.5) 23 (3.4) 16 (1.8) 25 (5.3) 21 (3.5) 25 (3.0) 134 (3.4)
   Earache 37 (7.0) 21 (3.1) 12 (1.4) 20 (4.3) 21 (3.5) 17 (2.0) 128 (3.2)
   Pain in neck or shoulders 0 (0) 5 (0.7) 26 (3.0) 0 (0) 2 (0.3) 50 (5.9) 83 (2.1)
   Diarrhoea 16 (3.0) 12 (1.8) 4 (0.5) 14 (3.0) 6 (1.0) 7 (0.8) 59 (1.5)
   Stomach flu 9 (1.7) 11 (1.6) 5 (0.6) 9 (1.9) 4 (0.7) 6 (0.7) 44 (1.1)
   Low back pain 0 (0) 6 (0.9) 10 (1.2) 0 (0) 0 (0) 16 (1.9) 32 (0.8)
   Other symptoms* 42 (7.9) 46 (6.8) 72 (8.3) 31 (6.6) 49 (8.2) 88 (10.4) 328 (8.2)
  1. *e.g. other stomach symptoms and other symptoms of pain