London: Doctors should not ignore a `gut feeling` about serious illness when treating a child, according to a study by researchers from the University of Oxford and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium."Gut feeling is an additional tool for GPs that takes more into account than just the purely clinical presentation," explains Dr Ann Van den Bruel, who led the research at the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford. "It is important that gut feeling is recognised as such and considered a valid argument for taking action. "We feel that experiencing a gut feeling about a child should make a GP consider 3 things: carry out a full and very careful examination looking for possible warning signs or red flags; ask the opinion of someone with more experience; or provide clear and specific advice to parents on how and when to come back," she said.
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