75% of Irish parents miss at least 15 hours of work to stay at home with their sick children
Three quarters of Irish parents have admitted they miss a minimum of 15 work hours per year to stay at home to care for a child who has a cold or flu.
Children in Ireland can suffer up to eight colds a year – twice as many sniffles as an adult.
Therefore, it comes as no surprise that three quarters of parents admit to missing a minimum of two days from work per year to stay home and care for their little ones.
Irish mums take more time off than Irish dads, but 56 percent of parents said they agree to take it in turns and just under 20 percent admit to arguing over who misses a day at work.
The research carried out by Neurofen for Children found that working mums are more than likely to call on a family member or friend for help with childcare (35 percent of mums versus 7 percent of dads.)
On the bright side, almost 80 percent of working parents said that there boss was understanding and receptive to them taking a rare day off to care for their children.
When it comes to treating colds & flu, the majority of Irish parents are clued in when it comes to recognising cold and flu symptoms such as fever, sore throat and earache. An overwhelming 88 percent of them said they felt confident in treating their child’s symptoms at home.
Neurofen for Children carried out the research to celebrate the return of National Baby Day (Wednesday February 25th ) National Baby Day is a day to celebrate all things parenting, and to mark the day RB Ireland, makers of Nurofen for Children, has donated €5,000 towards the play facilities at the Emergency Department of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.
Today also sees the launch of the new Nurofen for Children Cold & Flu & Pain range. To celebrate, pharmacies nationwide will provide advice to parents on children’s ailments while also giving away 70,000 free thermometers (no purchase necessary).