Socio-demographic characteristics of mothers or caregivers and children A total of 504 caregivers was involved with the response rate of 100%

Socio-demographic characteristics of mothers or caregivers and children
A total of 504 caregivers was involved with the response rate of 100%. The majority of study participants 492(97.6%) were biological mothers of the child, 297(59%) were in the age group of ? 28 years and 294(58.3%) were Orthodox Christians. In this study 449 (88.9%) was married and 193(38.3%) were housewives by occupation. Regarding the family number 336(66.67%) were family members less than or equal to five. With regard to the children, 153(30.4%) were in the age interval of 0-11 months and the sex of the child was evenly distributed between female and male (Table 1).
Health seeking behavior
In this study, 357(70.8%) mothers were having greater than four ANC follow-up and 489(97%) gave birth in health facilities. About 335(66.5%) of the children were exclusive breastfeeding for greater than eight times. Overall about 489(97%) caregivers were facing one or more childhood illness and the common childhood illness complained by mothers were: a cough 261(53.4%), fever 203(41.5%) and diarrhea 128(26.2%). About 358(71%) of the mothers have decided themselves for seeking medical care when their child got the illness.
Overall the magnitude of modern health care seeking behavior of mothers was 76.2% (72.1, 80). The main reason for those who did not seek medical care was stated as the cost of medical care (41.2%) and perceiving as illness is mild (29.4%). About 103(20.4%) of the caregivers delayed seeking modern health care for ? 3 days. The main reason for delaying seeking medical care for ?3 days was “thought the illness was mild/will resolve by itself”. Regarding the perception of illness, nearly half 236(46.9%) of mothers perceived their child illness was mild, and about 283 (56.2%) mothers identify the severity of illness by viewing different symptoms (Table 2).
Factors affecting mothers modern health care seeking Behavior
In the binary logistic regression at a p-value of ? 0.2, caregiver’s age, caregiver level of education, family number, child feeding per day, decision-making, number of ANC follow-up, the perceived severity of illness and early detection of disease were statistically associated with modern health-seeking behavior.
In multiple logistic regression by using the backward elimination method, caregivers with age of ?28 years were 1.65 times more to have modern health-seeking behavior than those with age of ?27 years (AOR: 1.65; 95%CI (1.02, 2.68). The odds of mothers with the educational level of secondary school and above were 0.44 times to have modern health-seeking behavior than with no education (AOR: 0.44; 95%CI (0.23, 0.86). Regarding the feeding per day caregivers who feed their child