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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of 400 children admitted with severe acute malnutrition a

From: Weight and mid-upper arm circumference gain velocities during treatment of young children with severe acute malnutrition, a prospective study in Uganda

Characteristic N  
Child
 Age (months) 400 15.0 (11.2; 19.2)
 Female sex 400 170 (42%)
 Weight-for-length/height Z-score 387 −2.9 (− 3.7; − 1.5)
 Length/height-for-age Z-score 387 − 3.1 ± 1.4
 Currently breastfeeding 374 54 (14%)
 Edema 399  
  No   138 (35%)
  Yes   261 (65%)
 Diarrhoea 400 241 (60%)
 Dehydration 395 10 (3%)
 Tuberculosis suspected 400 76 (19%)
 Pneumonia 400 68 (17%)
 HIV status 368  
  Positive   43 (12%)
  Negative, exposed   72 (20%)
  Negative   253 (69%)
 Serum C-reactive protein (mg/L) 352  
   < 10   134 (38%)
   ≥ 10   218 (62%)
 Hemoglobin (g/dL) 298 8.9 (7.8; 10.1)
 Severity of illness b 399 6.0 (5.0; 7.0)
Mother
 Age 356 24.0 (21.0; 28.0)
 BMI (kg/m2) 334 22.7 (20.9; 25.3)
 Education 385  
  Primary   181 (47%)
  Secondary or higher   153 (40%)
 HIV positive 340 109 (32%)
Household 389  
 Household food insecurity access scale score c   5.8 ± 7.0
  1. a Data are number of children with data (N), and median (interquartile range) or mean ± standard deviation or number (%)
  2. b Evaluated by the caregiver on a visual analogue scale from 0 to 10, where 0 = perfectly healthy, 10 = as sick as I can imagine
  3. c A measure of food insecurity in the household in the past four weeks on a scale from 0 to 27; the higher the score, the more food insecure the household has been