Travel sick kids: most common illnesses and injuries on holiday revealed

29 May 2018

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  • 37% of parents have had a child fall ill or suffer an injury on holiday
  • Despite this, 48% of parents don’t take out travel insurance for family holidays
  • £606 – the average claim for an unwell child, with some claims reaching the thousands

Two fifths (37%) of parents have experienced a child falling ill or suffering an injury whilst on holiday, according to a new study released today by Co-op Insurance.*

Furthermore, over a quarter of parents (26%) of parents have cancelled or considered cancelling a family holiday because their child was unwell.

Despite this, half (48%) of UK parents don’t take out travel insurance when going on holiday.

Highlighting the financial impact that this can have, the average travel insurance claim for an unwell child stands at £606, with some claims reaching into the thousands.

Of those parents who have been caught short on holiday, a third (33%) had to pay for their child’s treatment on a credit card, and a further third (32%) had to dip into their savings.

In terms of the most common ailments parents say their children suffer on holiday, stomach bugs, flu, and chickenpox top the list of illnesses, whilst cuts, insect bites, and bruises, are the most common injuries suffered by children on holiday.

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Further illnesses and injuries contracted by children on holiday include allergic reactions (9%), concussion (6%), and Jellyfish stings (4%).

Colin Butler, Head of Travel Insurance at the Co-op said

“It’s alarming that so many families are going on holiday without having travel insurance in place. Illnesses and injuries particularly for children can be unpredictable and as a result, unexpected medical bills can be very expensive.

We want to ease that financial burden and help families feel safe on holiday. For that reason, during the summer months, we’ll be offering free travel insurance for children under the age of 18”

From 1st June until 30th September Co-op Insurance will be offering free travel insurance to children under the age of 18 travelling with an adult.**

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Notes to Editors

*Research was conducted among 2000 parents in April 2018 on behalf of the Co-op by Atomik Research

** Co-op Travel Insurance’s Kids go Free offer starts on 1st June – policies must be bought before 30th September 2018. Excludes cover for any pre-existing medical conditions. Covers up to three children under the age of 18 per paying adult.

About Co-op Travel Insurance:

Co-op Travel Insurance is part of Co-op Insurance Services Limited and is underwritten by MAPFRE. Full policy details can be found here:

About Co-op Insurance:

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