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This is a report on a 2005 study based on self-reported data from parents and other caregivers about how they take care of their children’s minor medical needs. Study participants answered 29 questions in a pre-intervention questionnaire and the same questions six months later following visits in the home by a Parents as Teachers (PAT) home visitor. The PAT home visitor gave each participant a free book, What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick; reviewed and discussed the book with parents and followed up each month for 5 more months visiting the parent in the home and spending a few minutes discussing the book and its content. The study showed that parents (1) were much more likely to first consult a health book instead of a health care professional, (2) were more confident in taking care of their children’s minor medical needs at home, (3) used fewer emergency room, doctor/clinic services, and hospital services.