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.READ MORE: Celebrating Black History Makers: Sydney Barber Is First Black Female Brigade Commander At U.S. Naval Academy
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The report says most often, kids’ fevers are caused by viruses and they will go away without medicine and without causing any damage.READ MORE: Trouble Accessing 1099-G Tax Forms For Unemployment Benefits Online? A Tech Expert Has A Possible Fix
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.MORE NEWS: CBS 2 Exclusive: Now In New Home, West Side Mom Says She Never Left Kids Alone Or Without, Says People Don't Know Her Real Struggle
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