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Table 1 Socio-Demographic characteristics of mother-infant dyads, Debre Berhan district, April 2014. Presents the socio-demographic characteristics of study participants including residence, age of mothers, religion, sex and birth order of infants. Continuous variables are described using mean, and standard deviation

From: Factors associated with prelacteal feeding practices in Debre Berhan district, North Shoa, Central Ethiopia: a cross-sectional, community-based study

Characteristics Frequency Percentage
Place of residence
 Urban 317 50.0
 Rural 317 50.0
Age of mothers (years)
  < 25 108 17.0
 25–35 353 55.7
  > 35 173 27.3
 Age ((Mean ± SD) Years 30.9 (±6.2)  
Religion
 Christian 574 90.5
 Muslim 60 9.5
Educational status of mother respondents
 Unable to read and write 163 25.7
 Read and write 180 28.4
 Elementary school 105 16.6
 High school & preparatory school 103 16.2
 Graduate 83 13.1
Current work status of respondents
 Farmer 208 32.8
 Civil servant 130 20.5
 Housewife 125 19.7
 Merchant 107 16.9
 Daily labourer 46 7.3
 Student 11 1.7
 House servant (maid) 7 1.1
Monthly income of the household
 Less than 30.00 USD¥ 217 34.2
 30.00–60.00 USD 175 27.6
 Greater than 60.00 USD 242 38.2
 Family size (Mean ± SD) (Persons/household) 4.48 ± 1.57
Sex of infant
 Male 344 54.3
 Female 290 45.7
 Age of infant (Mean ± SD) in months 7.79 ± 3.23
Birth Order
 First 237 37.4
 Second – Third 173 27.3
 Forth and more 224 35.3
Age of infant (Mean ± SD) in months 7.79 ± 3.23