Mothers & Babies

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Nearly half of mums use Google instead of GPs

Claire Murphy

Published 24/06/2013|14:45

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NEARLY half of Irish mums are turning to ‘Doctor Google' for a diagnosis on their children's symptoms.

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Some 43pc of Irish mums admit that they will search the internet for advice when dealing with a sick child, instead of going to a GP or pharmacist to diagnose their children's medical condition.

Dr Conor Fitzgerald from GloHealth, the company that carried out the research in association with Eumom, said that the statistics were worrying.

“If your children have a serious condition, it might go undetected and untreated without a professional, medical examination by a doctor,” he said.

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“Internet searches often lead parents to believe their child might have a more serious condition than is the case, creating unnecessary worry.”

The survey also found that 95pc of mothers here put their families' health and well-being ahead of their own.

They are also less likely to have medical cover – putting their own children's needs first.

The majority said costs were a significant factor in deciding to take out health insurance.

The survey results were released at the launch of GloHealth's new Family Protection Package, which is designed to meet the needs of families and includes sudden adult death screening and the flu vaccine.

A record 64,000 Irish people dropped their private health insurance cover in 2012, Thousands more are expected to drop their policies by the end of the year as premiums are set to rise by over 30pc. The move comes as the Government introduced new legislation to charge private patients the full cost of using public hospital beds.

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