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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health

, 1:7

First Online: 02 August 2007Received: 03 April 2007Accepted: 02 August 2007


Parents can transmit their anxiety to their child, and just as children can pick up on parental anxiety, they can also respond to a parent-s ability to stay calm in stressful situations. Therefore, when treating children, it is important to address parental anxiety and to improve their understanding of their child-s ailment. Parental understanding and management of both pain and fever – common occurrences in childhood – is of utmost importance, not just in terms of children-s health and welfare, but also in terms of reducing the economic burden of unnecessary visits to paediatric emergency departments. Allaying parental anxiety reduces the child-s anxiety and creates a positive feedback loop, which ultimately affects both the child and parent.

In this review, the integral role of parental perception of the child-s condition and the efficacy of treatment in the management of childhood fever and pain will be discussed.

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Autor: Jacqui Clinch - Stephen Dale


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