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Table 3 Unsafe storage of household medicines in families with children four-year-olds, child’s health and history of poisoning. 2004 Pelotas Birth Cohort (Brazil)

From: Unsafe storage of household medicines: results from a cross-sectional study of four-year-olds from the 2004 Pelotas birth cohort (Brazil)

Variables Study sample Unsafe storage
N % N % 95%CI
Breastfeeding duration (months)
 None 223 5.87 62 27.80 22.03–34.18
 Less than one 210 5.53 54 25.71 19.95–32.18
 1–6 1403 36.93 282 20.11 18.03–22.29
 6–12 639 16.82 127 19.87 16.85–23.18
 More than 12 1324 30.66 288 21.77 19.56–24.07
Private health insurance
 No 2242 59.08 462 20.62 18.95–22.34
 Yes 1553 40.88 350 22.54 20.48–24.70
Number of health care visits
 0 2104 55.38 449 21.35 19.61–23.15
 1 1140 30.01 237 20.79 18.47–23.26
 2 431 11.35 98 22.74 18.86–26.99
 3 or more 124 3.26 29 23.58 16.26–31.83
Hospitalization or use of emergency care services
 No 1587 41.80 328 20.68 18.70–22.75
 Yes 2210 58.23 485 21.94 20.24–23.73
Medicines used in the 2 preceding weeks
 No 1943 51.16 371 19.10 17.37–20.91
 Yes 1855 48.84 442 23.84 21.90–25.83
History of poisoning involving medicines or cleaning products
 No 3688 97.10 788 21.38 20.05–22.73
 Yes, medicines 71 1.87 18 25.35 15.77–37.08
 Yes, cleaning products 39 1.03 6 15.38 5.86–30.53
Prior history of home injuries
 No 855 22.54 179 20.94 18.25–23.82
 Yes 2939 77.46 632 21.51 20.03–23.03
  1. Detailed legend: Total sample N = 3799
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