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Table 3 Parents’ methods for managing childhood fever (N = 402)

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

Variable Frequency (%)
Fever recognition  
 Touching child 263 (65.4)
 Measuring temperature 127 (31.6)
 Touching and measuring 12 (3.0)
Site (method) used for measuring temperature  
 Mouth (oral) 202 (50.2)
 Anus (rectal) 104 (25.9)
 Armpit (axillary) 85 (21.1)
 Other 11 (2.7)
Temperature at which to give antipyretics  
 Less than 38°C 6 (1.5)
 38–38.5°C 147 (36.6)
 38.5-39°C 155 (38.6)
 38–39°C 4 (1.0)
 More than 39°C 90 (22.4)
Fever management (if no co-morbid symptoms present)  
 Antipyretic use 140 (34.8)
 Cold sponges 200 (49.8)
 Homeopathic methods 13 (3.2)
 Antipyretic + cold sponges 37 (9.2)
 Other 12 (3.0)
Fever management (if there is a co-morbid symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea)  
 Antipyretic use and temperature monitoring 34 (8.5)
 Antipyretic use and consult a physician 146 (36.3)
 Seek physician assistance 9 (2.2)
 Consult a pharmacist 209 (52.0)
 Other 4 (1.0)
Source of antipyretics used  
 Prescribed medications 188 (46.8)
 Previous prescriptions for the same ill child 100 (24.9)
 Previous prescriptions for one of the ill child’s siblings 18 (4.5)
 Over-the-counter 48 (11.9)
 Other 12 (3.0)