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Table 1 Baseline characteristic of mothers and children in a remote Aboriginal community (n = 62)

From: Enteric pathogen infection and consequences for child growth in young Aboriginal Australian children: a cross-sectional study

Maternal/primary carer characteristics Number (%) or Mean [SD] or Median {25th to 75th centile}
Grade of education
 Year 8–10 15/ 62(24.2)
 Year 11 32/62 (51.6)
 Year 12 15/ 62 (24.2)
Joba
 Receiving unemployment benefits 61/62 (98.4)
 Employed 5/62 (8.6)
Body mass index
 Underweight (BMI < 18.5) 14/62 (22.6)
 Normal (18.5 to 24.9) 31/62 (50)
 Overweight (> = 25) 12/62 (19.4)
 Obese (> = 30) 5/62 (8.1)
Mid-upper arm circumference (cm)b 23.7[3.96]
Environmental
 Presence of dogs in the house 34/62 (54.8)
 Smoker in the house 54/62 (87.1)
 Household ran out of food in the last 2 weeks 36/62 (58.1)
 Child missed a meal in last 2 weeks 29/62 (46.8)
 Presence of fridge in house 54/62 (87.1)
 Number of people living in the house 6.3 [7.4]
 Number of bedrooms in the house 3.3 [1.4]
 Attendance at playgroup 49/62 (79.0)
 Use of traditional medicine 44/62 (70.9)
Number of times mother washes hands/day
 1–2 times/day 45 /62(72.6)
  > 2 times/day 17/62 (27.4)
Child uses soap 48/62 (77.4)
Child characteristics
 Sex
  Male 31/62 (50)
  Female 31/62 (50)
Age (months) 10.6 {6.4 to 15.3}
Child currently breast fed 54/62 (87.1)
Exclusively breast fed 40/62 (64.5.)
Child ever bottle fed 22/62 (35.5)
Age complementary feeding started (months) 5.5 [1.3]
  1. aAnswer may be both
  2. b Six cases have missing data