Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Fever During Pregnancy and Health Effects on Offspring

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When a pregnant mother experiences fever, does it make a difference on the health outcome of the infant once born?

Dreier et al. (doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-3205) did a meta-analysis of cohort and case-control studies looking at prenatal fevers and infant health outcomes. The results do suggest an increased adverse effect on offspring—but just what effects and whether or not the risk can be modified with antipyretics await your read of this interesting article.

Maternal fever is always a hot topic for pediatricians as well as obstetricians—and this study will certainly contribute to the discussion.

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