Parents Turning to Urgent Care, Phone Calls When Children are Sick

Most parents aren’t very confident that they can schedule a same-day doctor appointment for their sick child, according to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, conducted in October 2016.

If their child awoke in the morning with a sore throat and fever, 42% of the poll’s 2,036 respondents said they would take their child to urgent care, a retail clinic or an emergency room. That choice may have something to do with the fact that just 53% of the respondents would be “very confident” they could schedule a same-day doctor appointment for their child with a fever and a sore throat.

Still—despite their doubts about securing a same-day appointment—6 in 10 poll respondents said they would call to make an appointment with their child’s doctor in the event that he or she had a fever and sore throat.

Approximately 42% of respondents said they would call their child’s doctor for advice, meanwhile, and 60% of respondents were “very confident” that they would receive same-day phone advice, if solicited.

Read the survey results here.

Written by Mary Kate Nelson