Viral Facebook post about children’s fever guidelines NOT from KKH

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KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) has issued a statement to disclaim a note circulating online that was falsely attributed to it.

The statement, posted on the hospital’s Facebook page at 6.51pm on Wednesday (July 26), concerned a note titled “KK Fever Guidelines for Kids (Below 16 Years Old)”.

Said KKH: “Please be informed that these guidelines are not circulated by KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital.”

The Straits Times understands that the note was published by a group called Grub n’ Grow, which runs a private blog purporting to offer tips on childcare.

It has since taken the note down “to prevent any misunderstanding”. In a new post on Facebook in the early hours of Wednesday morning, it said the guidelines were “shared out of goodwill and for reference purposes”.

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Ms Jayastina Archigal, 25, a nurse at the children’s emergency section at KKH, said she encountered the note on Tuesday, shared by about 20 people. She became suspicious because the note did not carry the logo of the hospital and was “written in rather poor English”.

“I think the public should verify the source before sharing out information like this, especially since it is about children,” she added.

The hospital made it clear that medical information about managing fever in children can be found on the KKH HealthPedia section of its website.

When contacted, Grub n Grow declined to comment further, apart from saying it had removed the post to avoid any possible confusion and that its readers have been advised to seek appropriate medical attention where necessary.

A version of this article first appeared on The Straits Times.

(Photo: The Straits Times)

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