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Clinics (Sao Paulo). 2016 Aug;71(8):430-4. doi: 10.6061/clinics/2016(08)04.

The Internet versus pediatricians as a source of infant teething information for parents in Turkey.

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Marmara University, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Basibuyuk Campus, 9/3 34854 Basibuyuk, Maltepe/Istanbul/Turkey.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Parents are increasingly searching the Internet to gather information about their children's health care. This study compared infant teething information obtained from publically employed pediatricians in Istanbul with that obtained from different Turkish websites (parenting, health, professional, news and commercial).

METHODS:

This study had two parts. The first part used a descriptive design, with two checklists to assess the quality and comprehensiveness of the teething-specific content on 62 parenting or health websites. The second part was a cross-sectional study of 75 pediatricians at public hospitals who completed a structured self-administered questionnaire.

RESULTS:

In total, 54 websites (87.1%) described infant teething as a normal developmental process. The lists that were found on the websites identified the most frequent signs of infant teething as fever and drooling/perioral rash. The most frequent management strategies were chewing non-chilled and chilled objects. For teething problems, some pediatricians recommended teething rings and oral benzocaine, while 23 pediatricians recommended nothing.

CONCLUSIONS:

Parents should be informed by health professionals, especially regarding specific treatment strategies.

PMID:
27626472
PMCID:
PMC4975784
DOI:
10.6061/clinics/2016(08)04
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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