In order to improve the effectiveness of information, we studied parents'perceptions and knowledge about fever and febrile seizures.
A questionnaire study was carried out among the parents whose children (n=230) participated in a randomized controlled trial of ibuprofen to prevent recurrent febrile seizures.
Of the 230 parents, 181 (79%) responded to the questionnaire.
Of all parents, 45% were afraid or very afraid of fever, which was strongly associated with being afraid of recurrent febrile seizures.
Parents of children with a non-West European background were more afraid.
The consequences of parental fear included frequent temperature measurements (25% measured five times per day or more), sleeping in the same room (24%) and 13% remained awake at night.
Witnessing a febrile seizure is a frightening experience for parents ; a majority thought that febrile seizures were harmful, because they look dangerous.
Forty-seven percent thought that their child was dying during the initial febrile seizure.
On the other hand, reassuring information may be helpful : 21% mentioned it as their reason to consider febrile seizures not harmful.
We conclude that parental fear of fever and febrile seizures is a major problem with several negative consequences for daily family life.
Adequate provision of information may reduce parental fear. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Convulsion fébrile, Fièvre, Education santé, Attitude parentale, Peur, Information biomédicale, Conduite à tenir, Etude comparative, Histoire familiale, Origine, Pays Bas, Europe, Homme, Trouble neurologique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Febrile convulsion, Fever, Health education, Parental attitude, Fear, Biomedical information, Clinical management, Comparative study, Family story, Origin, Netherlands, Europe, Human, Neurological disorder
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0347799
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 14/12/1999.