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Table 1 Characteristics of the 1068 pre-school children and their parents

From: Parental use of the Internet to seek health information and primary care utilisation for their child: a cross-sectional study

Characteristics
Characteristics of the children   N %
Age (n = 1067) - 2 or 3 years old 227 21%
  - 4 years old 335 31%
  - 5 years old 328 31%
  - 6 years old 177 17%
Girls (n = 1068)   537 50%
First in birth order (n = 1039)   498 48%
Medical conditions (n = 1068) - Preterm infant 96 9%
  - Hospitalisation after birth 81 8%
  - Asthma 156 15%
  - Wearing of glasses 146 14%
  - Auditory disorders 63 6%
  - Allergy 214 20%
  - Behavioural disorder 44 4%
  - At least one surgical intervention 225 21%
  - Other medical conditions 70 7%
Long term medication use (n = 1068)   73 7%
Frequency of administrating over the counter drugs without medical advice (n = 1062) - Never 168 16%
  - Rarely 311 29%
  - Often 509 48%
  - Almost every time my child is ill 74 7%
Under homeopathic treatment (n = 1043)   549 53%
Advice from a pharmacist within the last 12 months (n = 1051)   445 42%
   Mean SD
N. of primary care consultations within the last 12 months (n = 1029)   5.9 4.6
Parental characteristics   N %
Single parent family (n = 1066)   136 13%
Rural place of residence (n = 1064)   217 20%
Occupation (n = 1056) - Disadvantaged (workers, unemployed) 151 14%
  - Moderately advantaged (self-employed, employees) 563 53%
  - Advantaged (managers and executives) 342 33%
Education level (n = 1037) - Elementary and secondary 285 27%
  - High school diploma ("Baccalauréat") 238 23%
  - Lower tertiary 235 23%
  - Higher tertiary 279 27%
Annual family income (n = 949) - < 14 000 € 168 18%
  - 14 000 to 19 999 € 203 21%
  - 20 000 to 29 999 € 286 30%
  - 30 000 to 39 999 € 170 18%
  - ≥ 40 000 € 122 13%
   Mean SD
Age of the respondent in year (n = 1058)   34.0 5.0
Parental stress level (n = 1040)   4.9 2.3