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Table 2 Beliefs about fever and harmful effects as reported by parents (N = 402)

From: Beliefs and practices regarding childhood fever among parents: a cross-sectional study from Palestine

Variable Frequency (%)
Beliefs about causes of fever  
 Fever is a symptom for certain illnesses 311 (77.4)
 Fever is a natural result of child growth 78 (19.4)
 Fever is a disease rather than a symptom 13 (3.2)
Beliefs about temperature of feverish child  
 Less than 38°C 28 (7.0)
 38–38.5°C 160 (39.7)
 38.5-39°C 155 (38.6)
 More than 39°C 59 (14.7)
Beliefs about harmful effects of fever  
 Dehydration 63 (15.7)
 Brain damage 153 (38.1)
 Other organs damage (e.g. liver and kidney damage) 57 (14.2)
 Indication of serious illness 19 (4.7)
 Loss of consciousness 56 (13.9)
 Febrile seizure 16 (4.0)
 Brain damage + other organs damage + Indication of serious illness 26 (6.5)
 All effects 12 (3.0)