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Table 1 Socio-demographic and economic and care-related characteristics of the family and children 6–23 months aged in Damot Sore District, Wolaita Zone, South Ethiopia, from March to April 2017

From: Anemia and associated factors among children aged 6–23 months in Damot Sore District, Wolaita Zone, South Ethiopia

Characteristics Categories Frequency (n = 485) Percent (%)
Sex of the children Male 247 50.9
Female 238 49.1
Age of mothers(years) 15–24 86 17.7
25–34 267 55.1
35–49 132 27.2
Age of the children (months) 6–11 193 39.8
12–17 164 33.8
18–23 128 26.4
Educational status of mothers No formal education 312 64.3
Formal education 173 35.7
Educational status of fathers No formal education 243 50.1
Formal education 239 49.3
Mothers occupation Unemployed 467 96.3
Government/private employee 18 3.7
Fathers occupation Unemployed 462 95.3
Government/private employee 19 3.9
Family size Less than or equal to 5 221 45.6
Greater than 5 264 54.4
Under five children within household More than one child 201 41.4
One child 284 58.6
Household Wealth Low 204 42.1
  Middle 74 15.3
  High 207 42.7
Introduction time of complementary feeding Before or after 6 months 226 46.6
  At 6 months 259 53.4
Breast feeding practice of mothers Poor 115 23.7
  Good 336 69.3
  Not breast feed 34 7.0
Appropriately utilized iron folate For less than or equal to 3 months 331 68.2
  For greater than 3 months 62 12.8
  Not utilized at all 92 19
Source of drinking water Piped inside compound 37 7.6
  Public 357 73.6
  Protected well/spring 91 18.8
Toilet No facility/bush/field 12 2.5
  Local pit latrine 468 96.5
  VIP latrine 5 1.0
Utilization of ITN No 46 9.5
  Yes 411 84.7
Diarrhea No 75 31.2
  Yes 165 68.8
Malaria No 464 95.7
  P. falciparum 6 1.2
  P.vivax 8 1.6
  P.mixed 7 1.4
Surgery No 481 99.2
  Yes 4 0.8
DDS No 319 65.8
  Yes 166 34.2
Fermented foods preparation No 299 61.6
  Yes 186 38.4
Germinated or soaked foods No 379 78.1
  Yes 106 21.9