Fever Phobia Revisited: Have Parental Misconceptions About Fever Changed in 20 Years?
ABSTRACT. Objectives. Fever is one of the most com- mon reasons that parents seek medical attention for their children. Parental concerns arise in part because of the belief that fever is a disease rather than a symptom or sign of illness. Twenty years ago, Barton Schmitt, MD, found that parents had numerous misconceptions about fever. These unrealistic concerns were termed “fever phobia.” More recent concerns for occult bacteremia in