Determinants of diarrhea among young children under the age of five in kenya, evidence from kdhs 2008-09

  • Samwel M
  • Eddison M
  • Faith N
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This paper examines the relative contribution of household, demographic and maternal characteristics to the incidence of diarrhea in young Kenyan children. Data from the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey 2008-09 was used with a total of 3838 women included in the study. The measure of diarrhea in children was derived from woman's questionnaire. Logistic regression analysis showed that age of child [AOR, 0.796; 95% CI, 0.559-1.134] and residence of mother [AOR, 0.538; 95% CI, 0.324-0.895] are more likely to influence childhood diarrhea. Higher education level of mother was associated with lower incidence of childhood diarrhea [AOR, 0.187; 95% CI, 0.609-0.573]. Household characteristics that had statistically significant influence on childhood diarrhea included sources of drinking water [AOR, 1.644; 95% CI, 1.040-2.599] and household size [AOR, 1.334; 95% CI, 1.000-1.780]. This paper emphasizes the importance of mothers being literate and access to good quality drinking water sources in reducing childhood diarrhea.

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  • Childhood diarrhea
  • Kenya Demographic and Health Survey 2008-09
  • Mother’s education level
  • Sources of drinking water

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  • Mbugua Samwel

  • Musikoyo Eddison

  • Ndungi Faith

  • Sang Richard

  • Kamau Mbuthia Elizabeth

  • Ngotho Douglas

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