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Table 3 Factors associated with mothers’ health care seeking behavior towards childhood diarrhea in Mekelle city, North Ethiopia 2016

From: Health care seeking behaviour of mothers towards diarrheal disease of children less than 5 years in Mekelle city, North Ethiopia

Variables Seeking structured health care facility
No Yes COR AOR
Child age in months
 < 6 3 (42.9%) 4 (57.1%) 0.552 [0.11, 2.85]
 6–11 1 (16.7%) 5 (83.3%) 2.07 [0.22, 19.63]
 12–23 6 (23.1%) 20 (76.9%) 1.38 [0.44, 4.29]
 24–59 12 (29.3%) 29 (70.7%) 1  
Marital status
 Married 20 (26.3%) 56 (73.7%) 1  
 Unmarried 2 (50.0% 2 (50.0%) 0.356 [0.047, 2.71] 0.24 [0.01, 11.53]
Occupation
 Housewife 13 (37.1%) 22 (62.9%) 1  
 Civil servant 3 (16.7%) 15 (83.3%) 2.96 [0.72, 12.18]
 Private 6 (23.1%) 20 (76.9%) 1.97 [0.63, 6.17]
 Other 0 (0.0%) 1 (100.0%) 9.5E8 [0.000, –]
Educational status
 Illiterates 2 (25.0%) 6 (75.0%) 1  
 Literate 20 (27.8%) 52 (72.2%) 0.867 [0.161, 4.66]
Number of under five children
 1 child 13 (26.0%) 37 (74.0%) 1  
 2 or more 9 (30.0%) 21 (70.0%) 0.820 [0.30, 2.24]
Age of mother
 < 30 12 (26.7%) 33 (73.3%) 1  
 30–39 9 (28.1%) 23 (71.9%) 0.93 [0.34, 2.56]
 ≥ 40 1 (33.3%) 2 (66.7%) 0.73 [0.60, 8.77]
Sex of the child
 Male 13 (26.5%) 36 (73.5%) 1  
 Female 9 (29.0%) 22 (71.0%) 0.883 [0.32, 2.404]
Presence of television
 No 3 (60.0%) 2 (40.0%) 1  
 Yes 19 (25.3%) 56 (74.7%) 4.421 [0.68, 28.5] 4.96 [0.43, 57.39]
Presence of vehicle (car)
 No 19 (27.1%) 51 (72.9%) 1  
 Yes 3 (30.0%) 7 (70.0%) 0.87 [0.204, 3.71]
Increased thirst
 No 9 (28.1%) 23 (71.9%) 1  
 Yes 13 (27.1%) 35 (72.9%) 1.054 [0.388, 2.86]
Irritability
 No 12 (33.3%) 24 (66.7%) 1  
 Yes 10 (22.7%) 34 (77.3%) 1.70 [0.63, 4.57] 1.24 [0.27, 5.59]
Decreased fluid intake
 No 13 (35.1%) 24 (64.9%) 1  
 Yes 9 (20.9%) 34 (79.1%) 2.05 [0.76, 5.55] 0.73 [0.17, 3.10]
Lethargy
 No 13 (33.3%) 26 (66.7%) 1  
 Yes 9 (22.0%) 32 (78.0%) 1.78 [0.66, 4.809] 0.50 [0.10, 2.58]
Sunken eye
 No 14 (34.1%) 27 (65.9%) 1  
 Yes 8 (20.5%) 31 (79.5%) 2.009 [0.73, 5.52] 0.55 [0.10, 3.01]
Blood in stool
 No 18 (25.0%) 54 (75.0%) 1  
 Yes 4 (50.0%) 4 (50.0%) 0.333 [0.75, 1.47] 0.13 [0.02, 0.88]
Persistency of diarrhea
 No 17 (28.3%) 43 (71.7%) 1  
 Yes 5 (25.0%) 15 (75.0%) 1.19 [0.373, 3.77]
Severity of diarrhea
 Mild 10 (55.6%) 8 (44.4%) 1  
 Moderate 9 (26.5%) 25 (73.5%) 3.47 [1.044, 11.6] 9.55 [1.11, 81.74]
 Severe 3 (10.7%) 25 (89.3%) 10.42 [2.29, 47.44] 44.6 [2.23, 893.2]
Previous admission history
 No 20 (30.8%) 45 (69.2%) 1  
 Yes 2 (13.3%) 13 (86.7%) 2.89 [0.59, 14.013] 5.41 [0.52, 56.39]
Kind of available transportation
 Foot step 14 (35.0%) 26 (65.0%) 1  
 Taxi 6 (20.7%) 23 (79.3%) 2.064 [0.68, 6.26] 1.65 [0.43, 6.40]
 Bajaj 2 (18.2%) 9 (81.8%) 2.423 [0.46, 12.79] 1.68 [0.21, 13.20]