Table 2

Sucking behaviors of children ages 3 to 5 in Punta Arenas, Chile 2006-2007

Age Category

Characteristic

3

4

5

Total

(N)

58

49

21

128


N (%) or

Mean (SD)

N (%) or

Mean (SD)

N (%) or

Mean (SD)

N (%) or

Mean (SD)

p


Bottle fed

No

2 (3.5)

3 (6.1)

2 (9.5)

7 (5.5)

.57

Yes

55 (96.5)

46 (93.9)

19 (90.5)

120 (94.5)

Time bottle feeding

Less than 18 mths

9 (16.4)

8 (17.8)

1 (5.6)

18 (15.3)

.26

18 to 36 mths

24 (43.6)

12 (26.7)

9 (50.0)

45 (38.1)

More than 36 mths

22 (40.0)

25 (55.6)

8 (44.4)

55 (46.6)

Breastfed

No

3 (5.3)

2 (4.1)

0 (0.0)

5 (3.9)

.57

Yes

54 (94.7)

47 (95.9)

21 (100.0)

122 (96.1)

Time breastfeeding

Less than 6 mths

16 (27.6)

17 (34.7)

5 (23.8)

38 (29.7)

.83

6 to 12 mths

24 (41.4)

19 (38.8)

8 (38.1)

51 (39.8)

More than 12 mths

18 (31.0)

13 (26.5)

8 (38.1)

39 (30.5)

Use of pacifier

No

33 (57.9)

28 (57.1)

13 (61.9)

74 (58.3)

.93

Yes

24 (42.1)

21 (42.8)

8 (38.1)

53 (41.7)

Time with pacifier

2 to 12 mths

6 (25.0)

5 (25.0)

1 (12.5)

12 (23.1)

.33

12 to 24 mths

6 (25.0)

6 (30.0)

0 (0)

12 (23.1)

24 to 36 mths

3 (12.5)

5 (25.0)

2 (25.0)

10 (19.2)

Greater than 36 mths

9 (37.5)

4 (20.0)

5 (62.5)

18 (34.6)

Sucked fingers

No

46 (80.7)

41 (83.7)

16 (80.0)

103 (81.7)

.90

Yes

11 (19.3)

8 (16.3)

4 (20.0)

23 (18.3)

Time sucking finger

0 to 12 mths

6 (54.5)

0 (0.0)

1 (25.0)

7 (41.2)

.52

12 to 30 mths

3 (27.3)

1 (50.0)

1 (25.0)

5 (29.4)

> 30 mths

2 (18.3)

1 (50.0)

2 (50.0)

5 (29.4)


Barbosa et al. BMC Pediatrics 2009 9:66   doi:10.1186/1471-2431-9-66

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