Socio-Demographic Correlates of Child Size at Birth in Nigeria
In Nigeria, studies that examined child size at birth and its associated factors were based mostly on weighted births. Child size at birth based on subjective assessment has been less studied in the country. This study examined association between socio-demographic factors and child size at birth. The study was based on data extracted from Kids recode of 2013 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS). The weighted sample size was 21,161 live births. The outcome variable was child size at birth categorised into small size, average size and large size. The explanatory variables were selected socio-demographic characteristics. The ordered logistic regression was applied at the multivariate level. Findings showed that to a significant extent, a number of socio-demographic characteristics such as household wealth, women’s autonomy, place of residence, household size, household source of drinking water, geographic region, maternal education, age at first birth, sex of the child, and gestation type were associated with child size at birth. Interventions to address incidences of either small or large size at birth should not ignore the socio-demographic context, as
well as household characteristics of mothers and children.
© Department of Geography, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria 2016