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Table 3 Experience and planned action by mothers on infants with jaundice (n = 431)

From: Pattern and predictors of maternal care-seeking practices for severe neonatal jaundice in Nigeria: a multi-centre survey

Responses Abuja Lagos Port Harcourt Total
n = 85 (%) n = 136 (%) n = 210 (%) n (%)
Ever had baby with jaundice     
  No 56 (65.9) 107 (78.7) 140 (66.7) 303 (70.3)
  Yes 29 (34.1) 29 (21.3) 70 (33.3) 128 (29.7)
Who first detected the baby with jaundice     
  Self 12 (14.1) 6 (4.4) 22 (10.5) 40 (9.3)
  Relation/Neighbour 3 (3.5) 9 (6.6) 18 (8.6) 30 (7.0)
  Doctor/Nurse 14 (16.5) 13 (9.6) 30 (14.3) 57 (13.2)
  Not stated 0 (0.0) 1 (0.7) 0 (0.0) 1 (0.2)
  Not applicable 56 (65.9) 107 (78.7) 140 (66.7) 303 (70.3)
Action taken/treatment     
  Hospital admission 23 (27.1) 17 (12.5) 15 (14.3) 70 (16.2)
  Sunlight exposure 5 (5.9) 5 (3.7) 28 (13.3) 38 (8.8)
  Antibiotics 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 3 (0.7) 3 (0.7)
  Breast feeding 0 (0.0) 1 (0.7) 1 (0.5) 2 (0.5)
  Pawpaw 1 (1.2) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 1 (0.2)
  Not stated 0 (0.0) 6 (4.4) 8 (3.8) 14 (3.2)
  Not applicable 56 (65.9) 107 (78.7) 140 (66.7) 303 (70.3)
Final outcome     
  Baby died 1 (1.2) 1 (0.7) 7 (3.3) 9 (2.1)
  Baby recovered fully 28 (32.9) 23 (16.9) 63 (30.0) 114 (26.5)
Baby survived with problems 0 (0.0) 3 (2.2) 0 (0.0) 3 (0.7)
  Not stated 0 (0.0) 2 (1.5) 0 (0.0) 2 (0.5)
  Not applicable 56 (65.9) 107 (78.7) 140 (66.7) 303 (70.3)
Possible future action     
  Go to hospital 67 (78.8) 91 (66.9) 145 (69.0) 303 (70.3)
  Sunlight exposure 11 (12.9) 1 (0.7) 39 (18.6) 51 (11.8)
  Antibiotics 2 (2.4) 0 (0.0) 1 (0.5) 3 (0.7)
  Exclusive breastfeeding 0 (0.0) 1 (0.7) 1 (0.5) 2 (0.5)
  Not stated 5 (5.9) 43 (31.6) 24 (11.4) 72 (16.7)