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Table 2 Recognition of the danger signs and consequent healthcare-seeking behavior

From: Knowledge of danger signs in newborns and health seeking practices of mothers and care givers in Enugu state, South-East Nigeria

Signs Danger signs† 1 n (%) Sought medical care subsequent to experience
Perceived Experienced Yes No
N = 1199 N = 263 N = 202 N = 61
Weakness †2 85 (7.1) 7 (1.9) 5 (71.4) 2 (28.6)
Fever †2 305 (25.4) 114 (30.9) 94 (82.5) 20 (17.5)
Excessive crying 97 (8.1) 14 (3.7) 9 (64.3) 5 (35.7)
Vomiting 81 (6.8) 13 (3.5) 11 (86.6) 2 (15.4)
Refusal to feed †2 102 (8.5) 4 (1.1) 3 (75.0) 1 (75.0)
Difficulty in breathing †2 35 (2.9) 9 (2.4) 8 (88.9) 1 (11.1)
Diarrhea 123 (10.3) 20 (5.3) 14 (70.0) 6 (30.0)
Jaundice †2 41 (3.4) 14 (3.7) 11 (78.6) 3 (21.4)
Cough 97 (8.1) 29 (7.7) 23 (79.3) 6 (20.7)
Convulsion †2 73 (6.1) 18 (4.8) 13 (72.2) 5 (27.8)
Cold body †2 43 (3.6) 2 (0.5) 2 (100.0) 0 (0.0)
Boil and/or rash †2 30 (2.5) 8 (2.1) 5 (62.5) 3 (37.5)
Abdominal colic 25 (2.1) 3 (0.8) 1 (33.3) 2 (66.7)
Catarrh 21 (1.8) 4 (1.1) 2 (50.0) 2 (50.0)
Fast breathing †2 20 (1.7) 3 (0.8) 1 (33.3) 2 (66.7)
Bulging Fontanel 1 (0.1) 1 (0.3) 0 (0.0) 1 (100.0)
LBW/ Prematurity 2 (0.2) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0)
Inability to stool 5 (0.4) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0)
Abdominal distension 6 (0.5) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0)
Headache (Hotness of head) 7 (0.6) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0)
  1. 1minimum and maximum danger signs listed by respondents were 1 and 7 respectively; †2 WHO recognized danger signs in newborn [9].