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Fevered Signs

Do you know what to do if your child is ill?

(HealthDayNews) -- If your child has a fever, do you know what to do?

According to researchers at Schneider Children's Medical Center in Israel, many parents don't. The researchers surveyed 650 parents who were first asked where they learned about treating fevers. About 40 percent of respondents had asked a physician or nurse; 30 percent read package labels and the remaining 30 percent had asked their mothers what to do.

Asked specifically about the proper dosage of medication, 43 percent of the parents administered the right amount, but 24 percent used too little and 33 percent used too much. Eleven percent of parents were giving their children overdoses that could have been harmful.

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