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Master Thesis

Connaissances, croyances et habitudes des parents concernant la fièvre de l’enfant de 0 à 5 ans

Abstract : Introduction: fever in children is usually the result of a benign infection. However, it is a source of anxiety for parents and is still a frequent motive for consulting a doctor. The objective of this study was to assess the knowledge, beliefs and habits of parents regarding fever in children from 0 to 5 years of age. Methods: we conducted an observational prospective multi-center study in the Lot-et-Garonne department and on the internet. Parents with a child under six were invited to participate by answering an anonymous questionnaire on paper or online. Results: 418 questionnaires were collected and analyzed between October 2020 and January 2021. Only 56.4% of parents knew the correct temperature defining fever (38°C) and 55.9% said to have read the dedicated page in the health record. Reading the health record was positively linked with applying the correct physical measures and with the level of knowledge regarding the use of antipyretics and antibiotics. Educational level was also linked to the level of knowledge as well as the intensity of parents’ anxiety. Conclusion: knowledge and habits among parents regarding fever in young children have barely evolved in the last few years despite the latest HAS’ recommendations. An improvement of education, taking into account the educational level and beliefs of each parent, is necessary to improve the management of fever at home.
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Caroline Hervouet. Connaissances, croyances et habitudes des parents concernant la fièvre de l’enfant de 0 à 5 ans. Médecine humaine et pathologie. 2021. ⟨dumas-03371938⟩



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