Preventing colds in children: Following the evidence?

At least half of parents try cold prevention methods for kids that have little or no evidence of effectiveness

Almost all parents encourage personal hygiene habits (such as frequent handwashing) to prevent colds in children, consistent with scientific evidence. Half of parents have given their child vitamins or supplements to prevent colds, despite no evidence that these products prevent colds. Many parents still believe in non-science "folklore strategies" for cold prevention, such as not going outside with wet hair.

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Excessive celebration can lead to parenting hangovers

1 in 4 parents not prepared for “parenting hangovers” this holiday season

1 in 4 parents who drink alcohol on special occasions are not likely to plan how much they drink or whether they’ll be able to take care of their child the next day. 3 in 10 parents know of an adult who may have caused an unsafe situation for their child due to drinking alcohol on a special occasion. 1 in 12 parents admitted to a prior situation where they may have been too impaired from alcohol to take care of their parenting responsibilities.

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Do parents have selective hearing about flu vaccine for children?

Does an "echo chamber" of information impede flu vaccination for children?

Provider recommendation is linked to high flu vaccine rates, but 1 in 5 parents said their child’s provider did not make a recommendation. Parents of children not getting flu vaccine this year reported 7 times more negative sources than positive sources about flu vaccine. Comments from family, friends, and other parents were the most common sources prompting parents to question or not want flu vaccine for their child.

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Educate or placate when young child fears doctor's visits?

Half of parents say their preschooler fears doctor's visits

Half of parents said their young child age 2-5 was afraid of going to the doctor. 1 in 5 parents said it was hard to concentrate on what the doctor or nurse was saying because their young child was scared or upset. 1 in 25 parents had postponed a vaccine for their young child due to fear of doctor visits. Parents prepared their young child for a doctor's visit by educating (with books, shows, or explanations) or placating (promising a treat or no shots).

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