Table 1

Patient demographic characteristics and illness status on admission for the nebulised hypertonic saline group and standard care group 

CharacteristicsNebulised hypertonic saline n=61Standard care n=59
Age, months
 Mean (95% CI)7.7 (6.4 to 9.1)7.5 (6.2 to 8.9)
 Median (range)6.3 (1.4 to 21.4)6.1 (1.4 to 21.9)
Wang Score 9–12 N (%)15 (24)14 (23)
Wang Score 5–8 N (%)46 (76)45 (77)
Gender (female/male) N (%)22 (36)22 (37.3)
Atopic dermatitis history N (%)8 (13)4 (6.7)
Tobacco smoke exposure N (%)20 (33)19 (32)
Dehydratation N (%)8 (13)6 (10)