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Table 1 Demographic characteristics [n(%)] of the participating children (N = 620)

From: Developmental performance of hospitalized severely acutely malnourished under-six children in low- income setting

  Nutritional status   Nutritional status   Nutritional status
Characteristics SAMa Healthyb Characteristics SAMa Healthyb Characteristics SAMa Healthyb
Sex    Ethnicity    Address   
Male 155 (50) 155 (50) Amhara 15 (4.8) 67 (21.6) Dedo 52 (16.8)
Female 155 (50) 155 (50) Dawuro 3 (0.97) 38 (12.3) Jimma town 44 (14.2) 310 (100)
Age group    Oromo 284 (91.6) 132 (42.6) Gomma 16 (5.2)
3–8 mo 12 (3.9) 14 (4.5) Gurage 1 (0.3) 26 (8.4) Mana 39 (12.6)
9–14 mo 39 (12.6) 49 (15.8) Keficho 2 (0.6) 14 (4.5) Omonada 20 (6.5)
15–20 mo 53 (17.1) 52 (16.8) Tigre 0 (0) 8 (2.6) Seka 42 (13.5)
21–26 mo 38 (12.3) 36 (11.6) Wolayita 1 (0.3) 2 (0.6) Serbo 81 (26.1)
27–32 mo 30 (9.7) 30 (9.7) Yem 3 (0.97) 0 (0) Shabe 10 (3.2)
 33–41 mo 59 (19) 53 (17.1) Other 1 (0.3) 12 (3.9) Others 6 (1.9)
 42–53 mo 52 (16.8) 52 (16.8) Unknown 0 (0) 11 (3.5) *SES   
 54–65 mo 27 (8.7) 24 (7.7) Maternal religion    Low or lower 160 (51.6) 9 (2.9)
Maternal education    Orthodox 22 (7.1) 134 (43.2) Middle or higher 149 (48.1) 289 (93.2)
Illiterate 244 (78.7) 26 (8.4) Protestant 1 (0.3) 46 (14.8) Missing 1 (0.3) 12 (3.9)
Primary 53 (17) 123 (39.7) Islam 287 (92.6) 113 (36.5)    
Secondary or higher 12 (3.9) 149 (48) Others 0 (0) 6 (1.9)    
Unknown 1 (0.3) 12 (3.9) Unknown 0 (0) 11 (3.5)    
  1. SAM a severely acute malnourished children, Healthy b non-malnourished children, mo month, *SES family socio-economic status through self-report by the caregiver