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Table 3 Selected behavioral characteristics of respondents 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(%)
Food child mostly receive Cow’s milk 140 26.0
Gruel 110 20.5
Adults’ food 216 40.2
Separately preparation of child food Yes 306 57.0
No 160 29.8
Materials used to feed a child Hand 287 53.4
Bottle 54 10.1
Spoon 196 36.5
Cover for drinking water storage container Yes 483 89.9
No 54 10.1
Separated container for drinking water Yes 495 92.2
No 42 7.8
Use latrine all the time Yes 489 91.1
No 48 8.9
Methods of washing hands Water only 131 24.4
Water and soap/ash 291 54.2
Not washing hand 115 21.4
Hand washing after feeding the child Yes 459 85.5
No 78 14.5
Hand washing before feeding the child Yes 396 73.7
No 141 26.3
Hand washing after visiting the latrine Yes 422 78.6
No 115 21.4
Hand washing after cleaning a child’s bottom Yes 338 62.9
No 199 37.1
Home treatment of drinking water Yes 89 16.6
No 448 83.4
Age of child started supplementary food Less than 6 month 131 24.4
At 6 month 259 48.2
Greater than 6 month 147 27.4
Time of initiation of BF during birth Within 1 h 507 94.4
After 1 h 30 5.6