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Table 1 The characteristics of the infant aged 6 to 23 months and their caregivers in central-south China

From: Associations between dietary patterns and anaemia in 6- to 23-month-old infants in central South China

Characteristics Total 2015 (n = 312) 2018 (n = 311) P
n % n % n %  
Infant
Sex
 Boys 366 58.75 183 58.65 183 58.84 0.962
 Girls 257 41.25 129 41.35 128 41.16  
Age
 6-11 months 187 30.02 118 37.82 69 22.19 < 0.001
 12-17 months 195 31.30 92 29.49 103 33.12  
 18-23 months 241 38.68 102 32.69 139 44.69  
Birth weight
 Normal 594 95.35 299 95.83 295 94.86 0.562
 Low birth weight 29 4.65 13 4.17 16 5.14  
Gestational age
 Term 597 95.83 303 97.12 294 94.53 0.105
 Premature 26 4.17 9 2.88 17 5.47  
Fever in the previous 2 weeks
 No 487 78.17 208 66.67 279 89.71 < 0.001
 Yes 136 21.83 104 33.33 32 10.29  
Diarrhea in the previous 2 weeks
 No 552 88.60 268 85.90 284 91.32 0.034
 Yes 71 11.40 44 14.10 27 8.68  
Caregivers
Groups
 Parents 364 58.43 170 54.49 194 62.38 0.046
 Grandparents and others 259 41.57 142 45.51 117 37.62  
Educational level
 Illiteracy 140 22.47 84 26.92 56 18.01 < 0.001
 Primary 233 37.40 169 54.17 64 20.58  
 Junior 199 31.94 48 15.38 151 48.55  
 Senior and above 51 8.19 11 3.53 40 12.86  
Occupations
 Homemakers 535 85.87 302 96.79 233 74.92 < 0.001
 Others 88 14.13 10 3.21 78 25.08  
Ethnicity
 Han and others 96 15.41 47 15.06 49 15.76 0.811
 Miao 527 84.59 265 84.94 262 84.24  
Anaemia
 No 468 75.12 220 70.51 248 79.74 0.009
 Yes 155 24.88 92 29.49 63 20.26