Table 2

Relation between iron deficiency (ID) and infants' parents' background characteristics

CharacteristicNo ID(%)ID(%)Totalχ2 P values
Mother’s age
 ≤25  years55 (88.7)7 (11.3)620.7780.678
 26 –35  years182 (91.9)16 (8.1)198
 More than 35  years41 (89.1)5 (10.9)46
Number of mother’s pregnancy (including miscarriage)
 <4187 (91.2)18 (8.8)2050.1020.749
 >491 (90.1)10 (9.9)101
Mother’s education level
 Illiterate6 (75.0)2 (25.0)83.5980.165
 Up to secondary school91 (93.8)6 (6.2)97
 University educated and above181 (90.0)20 (10.0)201
Father’s education level
 Up to secondary school93 (93.0)7 (7.0)1000.8260.246
 University educated and above185 (89.8)21 (10.2)206
Mother’s employment status
 Housewife186 (87.3)27 (12.7)21310.480 ≤0.05
 Working job92 (98.9)1 (1.1)93
Father’s occupation
 Manual worker31 (91.2)3 (8.8)341.9040.593
 Clerk/administrative85 (87.6)12 (12.4)97
 Professional118 (92.9)9 (7.1)127
 Others44 (91.7)4 (8.3)48
Total number of children in the family
 181 (94.2)5 (5.8)862.1400.343
 2–3134 (90.5)14 (9.5)148
 More than 363 (87.5)9 (12.5)72
Family income in Qatari riyals (QRs)
 Up to10 000 QRs107 (82.9)22 (17.1)12917.369 ≤0.05
 10 001–20 000 QRs99 (95.2)5 (4.8)104
 More than 20 000 QRs72 (98.6)1 (1.4)73