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Table 2 Common childhood illness-related characteristics of under-five children in Nifas silk lafto sub-city, Addis Ababa; January 2020

From: Child Caregiver’s healthcare seeking behavior and its determinants for common childhood illnesses in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: a community-based study

Variables (N = 834) Number Percent (%)
Sex of sick child
 Female 390 46.8
 Male 444 53.2
Age of sick child
 Less than 24 months 401 48.1
 24 months and above 433 51.9
Main symptoms
 Cough 554 66.4
 Diarrhea 298 35.7
 Fever 724 86.8
Perceived severity
 Sever 608 72.9
 Not sever 223 26.7
 Difficult to judge 3 0.4
Reasons for the perceived severity
 Had more than one symptom 216 26.7
 Learned that the symptom indicates the seriousness of the child illness 423 52.3
 From experience, assuming it resolve by itself 177 21.9
 Fear of child dying of the illness 40 4.9