Mexican American mothers' health practices for febrile children

Cynthia Foronda, Ruth Waite

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The purpose of this study was to identify the health care practices that Mexican American mothers use for children with fever. Surveys (N = 47) indicated the following common practices: (a) giving acetaminophen (85%), (b) removing warm clothes (66%), and (c) giving ibuprofen (53%). Potentially harmful practices of administering aspirin to children with fever (23%) and placing alcohol on the body (29%) occurred. Other remedies included praying, giving cold baths, giving Vaporub, offering tea to drink, placing tomatoes or eggs on the body, dressing with clothes, using herbs or magic, giving enemas, putting alcohol in the belly button, giving Nyquil, and keeping the child in the house.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)122-130
Number of pages9
JournalHispanic Health Care International
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Alternative therapy
  • Children
  • Fever
  • Health practices
  • Hispanic
  • Mexican Americans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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