Fever in the Infant and Toddler Follow-up

Updated: Jan 08, 2019
  • Author: Jane M Gould, MD, FAAP; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Patient Education

A study estimated the extent to which Canadian expectant parents would seek medical care in a febrile neonate (age 30 days or less). The study also evaluated expectant parents' knowledge of signs and symptoms of fever in a neonate and the actions Canadian expectant parents would take to optimize the health of their child. Despite universal access to high quality health care in Canada, the study highlighted concerning gaps in the knowledge of the care of the febrile infant in one fifth of expectant parents. Physicians and health providers should strive to provide early education to expectant parents about how to recognize signs of fever in the neonate and how best to seek medical care. [24]