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June 1985

Temperature Assessment by Parental Palpation-Reply

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics Hartford Hospital Hartford, CT BANCO,

Am J Dis Child. 1985;139(6):546-547. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1985.02140080016016

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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.

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