We’ve been celebrating this week as our newest arrival – travel insurance – has been named a Which? Recommended Provider – a great achievement in just four short months. And this week our new product has also made headlines around the country following our research* into children falling ill on holiday.

We found that:

  • 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
  • More than a quarter of parents (26%) have cancelled or considered cancelling a family holiday because their child was unwell.

Online, Yahoo! Finance, AOL, Sun FM, Midlands 103, and NOVA covered our findings, with newspapers Daily Record, Yorkshire Post, Shropshire Star, and Wolverhampton Express and Star picking up the story at the weekend.

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.

Top five illnesses Top five injuries
1 Stomach bug (24%) Cuts (38%)
2 Flu (22%) Insect bites (31%)
3 Chickenpox (17%) Bruises (30%)
4 Food poisoning (12%) Sprained wrist (25%)
5 Ear infection (12%) Bump to the head (17%)

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 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 2018 until 30th September 2018 inclusive Co-op Insurance will be offering free travel insurance cover for children under the age of 18 travelling with an adult. Terms and Conditions apply.&

And remember, we also offer 10% off Travel Insurance for colleagues§ (excludes optional extras) with the code Colleague10.

And, so our nearest and dearest aren’t left out, we’re offering 10% off Travel Insurance for friends and family§ (excludes optional extras) with the code FandF10 (it’s a temporary offer that ends 30th September 2018).

* Research was conducted among 2000 parents in April 2018 on behalf of Co-op by Atomik Research
Co-op Travel Insurance’s Kids Covered for Free offer starts on 1st June – policies must be bought between 1st June and 30th September 2018. Excludes cover for any pre-existing medical conditions. Covers up to three children under the age of 18 per paying adult.
§ Excludes optional extras. Offers may be withdrawn at any time.