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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When teens can't sleep

More than half of parents of sleep-deprived teens blame electronics

1 in 6 parents say their teen experiences frequent sleep problems, having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep 3 or more nights per week. Among parents of teens with frequent sleep problems, only 40% say they or their teen have talked with a health care provider about how to address sleep problems. Parents believe that over-the-counter sleep medicine is safer for teens than prescription sleep medicine.

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