Fever is the most common reason parents bring children to emergency rooms, especially in the middle of the night. It’s responsible for 1.6 million pediatric ER visits and nearly one-third of pediatrician office visits.
Why? Because fevers scare parents.
In a 2001 study of caregivers, more than half of the parents worried that a fever would harm their children, including brain damage, seizure or death. A more recent study had similar results: more than half of those parents reported being “very worried” when their child is febrile.
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