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Table 2 Mothers health care seeking behavior in Aneded District, North West Ethiopia, 2016

From: Mothers’ health care seeking behavior and associated factors for common childhood illnesses, Northwest Ethiopia: community based cross-sectional study

Variables Frequency %
Health care seeking behavior
 Health facility 200 48.8
 Not seek at all 99 24.1
 Buying drugs by themselves 46 11.2
 Traditional healers 28 6.8
 Homemade treatment 22 5.4
 Holy water 15 3.7
Perceived need for seeking early health care
 Children need health care early regardless of disease type 304 74.2
 Depends on the disease types 87 21.2
 No need of seeking health care early at all 19 4.6
Reported common child illness in the past three monthsa
 Fever 213 52
 Cough or difficulty of breathing 203 49.5
 Diarrhea 185 45.1
Decision to seek heath care at health institution during child illness
 Mother 72 18.5
 Father 57 14
 Both father and mother 277 67.5
Awareness of signs indicating severe illnessa
 When the child is unable to feed or suck breast 317 77.3
 When a child shows behavioral change 256 62.4
 When the disease stayed for days 118 33.7
Perceived cause of child illnessa
 Curse from God 173 42.2
 Micro-organisms 190 46.3
 Food contamination 116 28.3
 Evil eye 73 17.8
  1. Remark: aIndicates the sum in the above table could be greater than 100%, since it is a multiple response