CHICAGO (WBBM) — Fever phobia is rampant among parents of young children, but the American Academy of Pediatrics says a fever might not be such a worry.

AS WBBM Newsradio 780’s Dave Marsett reports, Dr. Henry Farrar, co-author of the report and an emergency room pediatrician, says fever is one of the most common reasons people bring their child to the doctor.

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LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Dave Marsett reports

The report says most often, kids’ fevers are caused by viruses and they will go away without medicine and without causing any damage.

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Dr. Farrar says parents tend to over-treat fevers, even waking up sleeping kids to give them fever-reducing medicine.

The report said there was no hard proof that untreated fevers lead to seizures or brain damage; there was also no evidence that lowering fevers reduced illness.

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