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Table 3 Reasons associated with harmful traditional practices among children less the 5 years in Axum town north Ethiopia, 2013

From: A cross sectional study on factors associated with harmful traditional practices among children less than 5 years in Axum town, north Ethiopia, 2013

Variable Frequency (n = 742) Percent (%)
Reasons to perform MTE* Prevent diarrhea and vomiting 62 8.2
  Prevent problems of growth 5 0.7
  development   
  Root of teeth grows worms 21 2.8
  MTE prevents or cures disease 9 1.2
  Prevents teething problems 8 1.1
Reason to perform Eye borrow incision Treatment of eye disease 18 2.4
Thinking if HTPs are harmful Yes 484 64.4
  No 268 35.6
Which HTPs are harmful* FGM 472 62.7
  Eye borrow incision 338 44.9
  bloodletting 336 44.7
  Milk teeth extraction 315 41.9
  Uvula cutting 168 22.3
Why HTPs are not harmful The child will be harmed 213 28.3
  Previous experience of child death because of HTPs 25 3.3
  It is our culture 30 4.0
Will you perform in the future Yes 403 53.6
  No 349 46.4
Should HTPs eradicated Yes 349 46.4
  No 403 53.6
Why HTPs shouldn’t eradicated Beneficial Against culture 367 48.8
  Against culture 36 4.8
  1. * =More than one response was given.