Fever phobia: misconceptions of parents about fevers.

  title={Fever phobia: misconceptions of parents about fevers.},
  author={Barton D. Schmitt},
  journal={American journal of diseases of children},
  volume={134 2},
Eighty-one parents bringing their children to a hospital-based pediatric clinic were surveyed about their understanding of fever. Most parents were unduly worried about low-grade fever, with temperatures of 38.9 degrees C or less. Their overconcern was designated "fever phobia." Most parents (52%) believed that moderate fever with a temperature of 40 degrees C or less can cause serious neurological side-effects. Hence, most parents treated fever aggressively: 85% gave antipyretic medication… CONTINUE READING
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