Table 2

Circumstantial context for accidental poisoning

CharacteristicsN (%)CI (95%)
Household factors
Type of household (n=223)
 Apartment building127 (57.0)(0.50 to 0.63)
 House made of tin89 (39.9)(0.34 to 0.46)
 House made of mud/wood/thatch6 (2.7)(0.01 to 0.06)
 Slum1 (0.4)(0.00 to 0.02)
Where the incident took place (n=223)
 Parents’ home183 (82.1)(0.76 to 0.86)
 Grandparents’ home20 (9.0)(0.05 to 0.13)
 School1 (4.0)(0.00 to 0.02)
 Other19 (8.5)(0.05 to 0.13)
In which part of the house the incident took place (n=223)
 Bedroom114 (51.1)(0.44 to 0.58)
 Drawing/dining room21 (9.4)(0.06 to 0.14)
 Kitchen33 (14.8)(0.10 to 0.20)
 Storeroom13 (5.8)(0.03 to 0.09)
 Yard12 (5.4)(0.03 to 0.09)
 Other30 (13.5)(0.09 to 0.18)
Time when the incident took place
 Morning65 (29.1)(0.23 to 0.35)
 Noon67 (30.0)(0.24 to 0.36)
 Afternoon37 (16.6)(0.12 to 0.22)
 Night54 (24.2)(0.19 to 0.30)
Parents’ presence during the incident (n=223)
 None60 (26.9)(0.21 to 0.33)
 Only one123 (55.2)(0.48 to 0.61)
 Both40 (17.9)(0.13 to 0.23)
Time taken to bring the child to medical attention (n=223)
 Less than 2 hours150 (67.3)(0.61 to 0.73)
 2–4 hours54 (24.2)(0.19 to 0.30)
 4–6 hours15 (6.7)(0.04 to 0.11)
 More than 6 hours4 (1.8)(0.00 to 0.04)
Safety issues
The poison was in its original container (n=223)
 No150 (67.3)(0.61 to 0.73)
 Yes73 (32.7)(0.27 to 0.39)
Chemical stored in soft-drinks’ bottles (n=223)
 No153 (68.6)(0.62 to 0.74)
 Yes70 (31.4)(0.25 to 0.38)
Chemical/medicine stored in an unsafe place at home (n=223)
 No64 (28.7)(0.23 to 0.35)
 Yes159 (71.3)(0.65 to 0.77)
Event of poisoning happened earlier with the children or with siblings (n=223)
 No220 (98.7)(0.96 to 0.99)
 Yes3 (1.3)(0.00 to 0.04)