Child Care News for Parents April 27, 2016 |®
Child Care News for Parents & Carers
April 27, 2016
Some interesting research on where parents are sourcing their information on child health and keeping with the health theme… some sure-fire strategies for staying well this winter. Also, your last chance to do the Child Care and Workforce Participation Survey, your opinions count.
Sick kid strategies for winter
Winter is coming and with it an observable increase in the number of runny noses around the place.

It's a well-known fact that children in group care get sick. Some people say the upside to this is that they develop strong immune systems as a result and are sick less often at school, and although this is good news in the long run, it still means you have to deal with the sick days when they come marching round this winter.

The best strategies for dealing with winter illnesses are PREVENTION and PREPARATION.
Dr Google:
Popular but not trusted
The second Australian Child Health Poll conducted by the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne has found that Dr Google is a popular source of information for Australian parents worried about their children's health, but it is not one they trust.

Some of the key findings show that:
  • More than 60 per cent of parents used websites, blogs and online forums to research child health information in the last six months – but a surprising 30 per cent did not trust them.
  • Nearly 50% of Australian parents report using a hospital, including emergency departments, for health advice in the past six months.
  • More parents reported using the school teacher and the pharmacist for child health advice than a paediatrician or telephone advice helpline.
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