Received: 17 October 2017
Accepted: 9 July 2018
First Online: 31 July 2018
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: The Institutional Review Board (IRB) of the University of Gondar, Ethiopia, reviewed and approved the study protocol and issued an ethical clearance (Ref. No: R/C/S/V/P/05/541/2015). Three official bodies, namely the Amhara Regional Administrative State Health Bureau, the Institute of Public Health, and Dabat Research Center issued support letters. Local district administrators and health departments also provided permission letters. Complete informed written consents were secured from all mothers/caregivers of the children who were enrolled in the study. Participants were assured of the confidentiality of their information by using code numbers rather than personal identifiers and by keeping the data locked. They were also informed that they had the right to withdraw from the study at any time. No harmful effects were noted among the participants during the course of the study. Data collectors provided Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) to children suffering from diarrhea and advised their primary caregivers on a better management of sick children at nearby health institutions. The protocol for this trial (Additional file InternalRef removed: Protocol S1) and CONSORT 2010 Checklist (Additional file InternalRef removed: Checklist S2) were available as supporting information.
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