A doctor’s job is not only to treat people when they’re sick, but also to guide patients with advice to keep them healthy and safe. For kids, this advice is given regularly at well-child visits and can cover topics ranging from nutrition and sleep to car seats and when to visit the dentist.
But parents don’t always listen to the advice of their children’s healthcare providers. In a recent NPCH Report, only about one-third of parents said they listen to their children’s doctors all of the time, and about one in 10 parents said they follow advice only occasionally. Among those parents who follow the advice of their children’s doctors only occasionally, parents were most likely to follow advice about nutrition, going to the dentist, and using car seats. Read the full report: Just what the doctor ordered? Not for many parents.
To learn more about when parents follow the advice of their children’s healthcare providers, watch this short video with NPCH Associate Director Sarah Clark.
Parents, we want to hear from you. Do you always listen to the advice of your child’s doctor? What factors impact your decision? Share your experience in the comments!