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Cohort study
Fever during pregnancy linked to child motor development
  1. Birgit Bjerre Høyer
  1. Prehospital Medical Services, Research and Development, Central Denmark Region, Aarhus, Denmark
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Birgit Bjerre Høyer, Prehospital Emergency Medical Services, Research and Development, Central Denmark Region, 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark; Birghoey{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • Fever during pregnancy should be registered systematically throughout the healthcare system with focus on causes of the fever and any treatment administered.

  • Future research should also focus on the causes of fever in pregnancy and any treatment administered during fever episodes.


The development of the nervous system during fetal life seems to be particularly sensitive to hyperthermia and has been associated with several adverse health outcomes such as neural tube defects, congenital heart defects and oral …

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  • Competing interests None declared.