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Does lowering a fever >101F in children improve clinical outcomes?

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Title: Does lowering a fever >101F in children improve clinical outcomes?
Author: Miller, Robert J.; Bailey, Justin; Sullivan, Kerry
Keywords: antipyretics
disease processes
Date: 2010-06
Publisher: Family Physicians Inquiries Network
Citation: Journal of Family Practice, 59(6) 2010: 353+.
Abstract: Treating fever significantly increases comfort, activity, feeding, and fluid intake and decreases the patient's temperature compared with placebo (strength of recommendation (SOR): A, multiple randomized controlled trials [RCTs]). It doesn't shorten or prolong the overall duration of illness or reduce the recurrence of febrile seizures (SOR: A, multiple RCTs). In patients with varicella, reducing fever prolongs the time it takes for lesions to crust, but doesn't appear to cause group A streptococcal necrotizing fasciitis (SOR: B, multiple prospective cohorts).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10355/7721

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