Table 5.

Independent Predictors of Recurrent Otitis Media Among Children in the United States, 1981 and 1988

Odds Ratio95% CIP Value
Poor/fair health3.92.95.1<.001
Any allergies1.91.72.2<.001
Year (1988 vs 1981)1.71.51.9<.001
Day care/nursery1.51.31.7<.001
Male gender1.21.11.3.001
OOHC/US1.31.11.6.001
Hispanic0.80.60.9.003
Below poverty level0.80.70.9.006
Black race0.60.50.7<.001
  • Abbreviations: CI, confidence interval; OOHC/US, out-of-home care by an unrelated sitter.