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Table 3 Child caring practice and environmental health characteristics of study participants in Sodo Zuria district, South Ethiopia, June 2017

From: Predictors of stunting among children 6–59 months of age in Sodo Zuria District, South Ethiopia: a community based cross-sectional study

Variables (n = 342)   Frequency Percentage
Initiation of breast feeding <1 h after delivery 228 66.67
1–24 h 105 30.70
After 24 h 9 2.63
Colostrums feeding Yes 334 97.66
No 8 2.34
Pre lacteal food/liquid Yes 41 11.99
No 301 88.01
Type of pre lacteal food/drink Water with sugar 10 24.39
Butter 4 9.76
Cow’s milk 27 65.85
Age at initiation of complementary food 1–3 months 32 9.36
4–5 months 77 22.51
At 6 months 195 57.02
After 6 months 38 11.11
Frequency of feeding <3 times a day 31 9.07
3 times a day 264 77.19
>3 times a day 47 13.74
Method of feeding Hand 156 45.61
Spoon 124 36.26
Cup 40 11.70
Bottle 22 6.43
Variety of food 2 food items 235 68.71
>2 food items 107 31.29
Leftover food in the household Given to children 247 72.22
Given to others 55 16.08
Throw away 40 11.70
Ever fed child meat Yes 92 26.90
No 250 73.10
Completed Vaccination Yes 327 95.61
No 15 4.39
Source of drinking water Protected well/spring 269 78.66
Unprotected well/spring 35 10.23
Pipe water 7 2.05
River 31 9.06
Availability of latrine Yes 249 72.81
No 93 27.19
Materials used for hand washing Water only 21 6.14
Use soap often 279 81.58
Use soap always 42 12.28
Waste disposal Open field 116 33.92
In pit 138 40.35
Use as compost 88 25.73