fever phobia

fever phobia

A popular term for the response of parents to childhood fever, which may result in inappropriate overmanagement with antipyretics. See Fever.
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Fever phobia revisited: have parental misconceptions about fever changed in 20 years?
Fever phobia is a term used to describe parents' unrealistic concerns about fever (Crocetti, Moghbeli, & Serwint, 2001).
She said: "Fever is the number one reason why people call the doctor as there is a lot of fever phobia out there.
Right or wrong, fever phobia is widespread among parents and caregivers alike," she commented.
This fever phobia produces a great deal of unnecessary parental anxiety.
Fever phobia can cause parents at times to be overly aggressive in treating fever, and they want to give their child a fever reducer right away.
One positive trend should help diminish fever phobia in the near future, at least among physicians.
Unfortunately, health care practitioners also have fallen victim to fever phobia.
This fever phobia stems from both long-held societal beliefs about fever and lack of proper parental education.
Our survey of over 750 parents of children with fever showed that fever phobia is still alive and well in parents today.
Pediatricians can do a better job educating parents and allaying fever phobia, said Dr.