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October 1980

'Fever Phobia'

Author Affiliations

Children's Hospital National Medical Center 111 Michigan Ave NW Washington, DC 20010

Am J Dis Child. 1980;134(10):1001. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1980.02130220077035

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Sir.—Dr Barton Schmitt's excellent article "Fever Phobia" in the February Journal (134:176-181, 1980) is must reading for medical students and house officers, as well as a good reminder for practitioners. His guidelines might be improved on by initiating the discussion of fever with parents at the infant's first diptheria toxoid, pertussis vaccine, tetanus toxoid injection, rather than at the 4- or 6-month visit. Over the past 25 years I have found this a most opportune time to begin the "desensitization" program.