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Table 2 Demographic and health characteristics of indexed children in Dale District, Southern Ethiopia, October 1–25/2017

From: Prevalence of diarrheal diseases and associated factors among under-five children in Dale District, Sidama zone, Southern Ethiopia: a cross-sectional study

Variables Category Frequency(n) Percent (%)
Sex of the indexed child Male 301 56.1
Female 236 43.9
Age of the indexed child in a month Below 6 months 62 11.5
B/w 6–11 months 59 11
B/w 12-24 months 157 29.2
Greater than 24 months 259 48.2
The birth interval of indexed child 1st child 163 30.4
≤ 2 yrs 81 15.1
2 yrs. -4 yrs 216 40.2
≥ 4 years 77 14.3
Current Breast Feeding (BF) status of the indexed child Exclusively breastfeed 71 13.2
Partially breastfeed 363 67.6
None breastfeed 103 19.2
The child started Supplementary/Complementary feeding Yes 466 86.7
No 71 13.3
Measles Vaccination status n = 447 Yes 423 94.6
No 24 5.4
Vit.A Supplementation Yes 439 92.1
No 38 7.9
Rota virus immunization yes 393 96.1
No 16 3.9
Nutritional Status Under nutrition 122 22.7
Normal 415 77.3
Presence of diarrhea in the last 2 weeks No 464 86.4
Yes 73 13.6
The child was ever taken to Health institutions, n = 73 Yes 17 23.3
No 56 76.7
Use of ORS to treat child, n = 73 Yes 35 47.9
No 38 52.1