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Table 2 Health-seeking behaviours of caregivers to treat malaria in children under twelve and malaria symptoms recognized in Cotonou, Benin, May 2016 (N = 340)

From: Home treatment and use of informal market of pharmaceutical drugs for the management of paediatric malaria in Cotonou, Benin

Categories Subcategories Frequencies (n) Percentages (%)
Treatment-seeking Healthcare professional 116 34
Home treatment with pharmaceutical drugs 207 61
Home treatment with traditional remedies 17 5
Fever, headache, dizziness No 30 8
Yes 310 91
Body aches, chills, weak No 248 73
Yes 92 27
Bitter taste in the mouth, no appetite No 268 79
Yes 72 21
Vomiting, diarrhoea No 265 78
Yes 75 22
Dark urine, yellow eyes No 312 92
Yes 28 8
Cough No 310 91
Yes 30 9
Other: prickly, sores in the mouth, anaemia No 328 96
Yes 12 4
Number of symptoms (md[length] = 2 [1,6]) 1 141 42
2 134 39
≥ 3 65 19
Use of IMPD for home treatment with pharmaceutical drugsa (n = 207) No 123 59
Yes 84 41
  1. aBased on the number (n = 207) of caregivers who practised home treatment with pharmaceutical drugs