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Doctors encouraged to "trust their gut"

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UNDATED (WXOW) - A new study indicates that doctors should not ignore their gut feelings when treating young patients.

The scientists looked at the medical records of more than 3,000 Belgian children for what were initially considered to be non-life threatening illnesses.

Some of them were later admitted to the hospital with serious infections.

The study found that had doctors acted on their gut feelings, they may have caught some of these illnesses before they developed into something more serious.

The researchers suggest that doctors listen to their intuition and do three things:

1) carefully examine the pediatric patient.

2) Seek the advice of a more experienced clinician or perform additional tests..

3) They can offer parents explicit advice on what to do in case things take a turn for the worse.

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