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Title: Parental Knowledge, Practices and Fears Regarding Fever in Singapore Children - A Questionnaire Survey
Authors: Pan, J.S.Y.
Shek, L.P.C. 
Keywords: Attitudes
Body temperature
Parental knowledge
Issue Date: Dec-2003
Citation: Pan, J.S.Y., Shek, L.P.C. (2003-12). Parental Knowledge, Practices and Fears Regarding Fever in Singapore Children - A Questionnaire Survey. Singapore Paediatric Journal 45 (2) : 71-76. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Background and Aims: Fever occurs frequently in children, yet misconceptions abound regarding the definition and treatment of this common symptom. Our aim was to find out parental knowledge, attitudes and fears regarding fever in the local population, with the hope of devising an education programme for parents regarding fever. Methods: A questionnaire survey was conducted among 159 parents of children attending local paediatric clinics at the National University Hospital (NUH) and at Clementi Polyclinic. Questions covered a variety of aspects regarding the knowledge, attitude, fears and treatment given by parents. Results: 27.7% of parents surveyed did not know the normal body temperature of a child. 20.8% will consider their child to be febrile with a temperature below 37.5°C. Only 40.9% used electronic or glass thermometers for accurate measurement of temperature and nearly all (92.2%) of those who use glass thermometers did not know the accurate time period for measurement. 62.3% sponged their child and gave fever medicine at the same time. 30.2% thought that fever was contagious and 71.0% linked teething to fever. 67.3% thought fits or brain damage to be a common risk of fever. Conclusions: Most Singaporean parents are uncertain about the proper diagnosis and management of fever. Their knowledge of fever is limited and thus they appear fearful of fever and its consequences. An educational programme could be useful in reducing these fears.
Source Title: Singapore Paediatric Journal
ISSN: 02189941
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