Gut feelings a 'red flag' for infection

GPs’ gut feelings play an important role in detecting when a child with reassuring clinical signs actually has a serious infection, and should be used in decision making, researchers say.

Parents’ feelings can also be a good indicator of when something is seriously wrong - and can prompt doctors’ own intuition to kick in.

The findings come from a BMJ study published online Wednesday in which Belgian researchers investigated nearly 4000 cases where children and teenagers had been taken to see

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