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In Reply.—The data supplied by Ernst and Philp offer further proof that parents can identify most young, febrile children correctly and that the negative predictive value of palpation is higher at all ages. However, we would temper the last statement in their letter. Based on the data from both studies, a parent's statement that a fever exists must be regarded seriously but may not after all be accurate, especially for older children.
BANGO L. Temperature Assessment by Parental Palpation-Reply. Am J Dis Child. 1985;139(6):546-547. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1985.02140080016016