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Avoid Major Mistake Made in Treating this Very Common Child Problem

Many parents take immediate action when a child's temperature begins to rise, providing pain relievers, making calls to the doctor or even visiting an emergency room. But the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is telling parents that making a feverish child comfortable is far more important than bringing his temperature back to 98.6.

A new AAP report is aimed at calming "fever phobia."  It notes that there is no evidence that lowering a fever will help a child get well faster, or that leaving a fever untreated could cause more severe problems.

According to the Wall Street Journal:

“Many pediatricians have given parents a similar message for decades, but it hasn't sunken in. There's widespread confusion over what fevers in both children and adults signify ... [M]any beliefs about [fevers] are based more on culture, tradition and playground chatter than scientific evidence.”

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