Knowledge and concerns of parents regarding childhood fever at a public health clinic in Kuching, East Malaysia

Wan Tsien Bong, Chai Eng Tan

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BACKGROUND: Parental anxiety regarding fever may be unwarranted as most cases are owing to self-limiting causes. AIM: To assess the level of knowledge and concerns regarding childhood fever among parents with young children in a public health clinic in Kuching, East Malaysia. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted among parents recruited from a maternal and child health clinic, with children aged 6 months to 6 years. The participants completed a self-administered questionnaire regarding their knowledge and concerns about childhood fever. Descriptive statistical analyses were performed, and associations between dependent and independent variables were determined. RESULTS: Only 26.1% of participants were found to have good knowledge. Knowledge regarding childhood fever was significantly associated with parent’s ethnicity, education level, and household income. About 72% of parents were always worried about their child’s illness. Three major reasons for their concerns were persistently rising temperature; discomfort caused by the fever, and feared complications of fever. CONCLUSION: Excessive parental anxiety due to poor knowledge and misconceptions about fever may lead to poor quality of life and inappropriate management of fever. Healthcare providers may help by educating parents about fever and serious signs that indicate the need to seek healthcare advice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1928-1933
Number of pages6
JournalOpen Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Volume6
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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Malaysia
Fever
Public Health
Parents
Anxiety
Health Personnel
Cross-Sectional Studies
Quality of Life
Delivery of Health Care
Education
Temperature

Keywords

  • Child
  • Concerns
  • Fever
  • Knowledge
  • Parents

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  • Medicine(all)

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Knowledge and concerns of parents regarding childhood fever at a public health clinic in Kuching, East Malaysia. / Bong, Wan Tsien; Tan, Chai Eng.

In: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol. 6, No. 10, 01.01.2018, p. 1928-1933.

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