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Table 2 Reported disease conditions of the children and how they were managed (N = 390)

From: Medicine use practices in management of symptoms of acute upper respiratory tract infections in children (≤12 years) in Kampala city, Uganda

Question Description of answer Proportion, N = 390 (%)
What symptom of ill health did the child have? Running nose 370 (94.9%)
Cough 324 (83.1)
Difficulty breathing 91 (23.3%)
Fever 272 (69.7%)
Fast breathing 29 (7.4%)
Lack of appetite 172 (44.1%)
I do not remember 57 (14.6%)
What disease did you think the child was suffering from? Malaria 205 (52.6%)
Flu 261 (66.9%)
Diarrhea 28 (7.2%)
Pneumonia 20 (5.1%)
Measles 21 (5.4%)
I do not know 32 (8.2%)
Did the child receive any treatment? Yes 368 (94.4%)
No 22 (5.6%)
Who recommended the treatment Childcare taker 156 (40%)
Healthcare professional 203 (52.1%)
Neighbor 5 (1.3%)
Friends/relatives 4 (1.0%)
Did not give any treatment 22 (5.6%)
Which medicine (s) did the child take? Cough linctus 81 (20.8%)
Amoxicillin 74 (18.9%
Coartem (A-L) 116 (29.7%)
Paracetamol 207 (53.1%)
Ampicillin 6 (1.5%)
Cotrimoxazole 72 (18.5%)
Azithromycin 1 (0.3%)
Diphenhydramine 60 (15.4%)
Vitamin A 7 (1.8%)
Cold cap 49 (12.6%)
Herbal syrup 19 (4.9%)
What was the source of the medicine given to the child? Pharmacy 73 (18.7%)
Drug shop 51 (13.1%)
Clinic/health facility 223 (57.2%)
Home medicines 8 (2.1%)
Friends/relatives 13 (3.3%)
  1. A-L Artemether-Lumefantrine, Cold cap A combination that contains, decongestants (e.g. oxymetazoline, Phenylephrine and Pseudoephedrine), acetaminophen and antihistamine (e.g. diphenhydramine)