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Evaluation of Fever Reducing Methods in Children

Journal of the Korean Pediatric Society 1994;37(6):746-751.
Published online June 15, 1994.
Evaluation of Fever Reducing Methods in Children
Soo Young Lim, Hwa Jeong Lee, Seung Hee Mok, Heui Jeong Kwon, In Sil Lee
Department of Pediatrics, National Police Hospital, Seoul, Korea
소아에서 해열방법에 따른 효과의 비교
임수영, 이화정, 목승희, 권희정, 이인실
국립경찰병원 소아과
Abstract
The efficacy of acetaminophen, sponging plus acetaminophen, and sponging alone as method of lowering body temperature was compared in 108 children aged 8 weeks to 5 years who presented with an axillary temperature of 38.5C or greater during the period from January 1993 to April 1993. The following results were obtained. 1) The male to female ratio was 2.5:1 and clinical diagnosis in the order of frequency were upper respiratory infection, gastroenteritis, pneumonia, urinary tract infection, cellulitis, chickenpox and hand-foot-mouth disease. 2) At thirty minutes after treatment, there was no significant difference on the decrement of temperature among the three groups 3) At sixty minutes, the temperature decrement was the greatest in the group of sponging plus acetaminophen and that was statistically significant (p<0.01) But there was no significant difference between the group of acetaminophen and that of sponging.
Key Words: Fever, Acetaminophen, Sponging


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