Thursday, April 15, 2010

My iphone Told Me Not to Worry: Kid Care App Review

If someone offered to meld my iphone into my forearm I would totally do it. I freaking love the thing. And there aren't many techno gadgets that I can say that about.

Recently a friend of mine told me about an iphone app called Kid Care. Kid Care is the place where you can go for medical advice before you freak out and demand to be seen by your doctor, or worse yet, call 911 and end up with 10 very large paramedics standing in your living room looking at your smiling, cooing daughter (yes, that happened to me).

Kid Care was developed by a pediatrician, Dr. Barton D. Schmitt. It allows you to search for symptoms by alphabetical index, body area, recently viewed symptoms and a keyword search.

So lets say your kid has something nasty oozing out of her ear. You could look up ear, and then choose "ear discharge". You can then read about when to go to the ER, when to call your doctor, or when to hold off and see if you can treat your kid from home. It will also tell you how to treat from home and, for some of the medical problems, even give you some gory pictures!! (Check out the diaper rash picture. Is it just me or did someone let that diaper rash get a little out of control!? Maybe they should switch to cloth diapers...)

A couple of other things I REALLY like about this app:
  • It can use your Google Map app to help you find nearby emergency rooms and critical care departments. This could be extremely helpful if you're out of town, or even on a day trip.
  • They have a whole section about how to do basic things like take a baby's temperature.
  • They have a section about infections - which are contagious, for how long and more. (The hypochondriac in me especially loves this section!!)
  • There's also a whole section with dosage charts based on weight for stuff like Tylenol and Motrin.
Basically, this app is like having a tiny, shiny, square pediatric nurse in your pocket. And its totally free. I highly recommend it.

1 comment:

  1. wow, you seriously called 911??? The worst I've done is take my son to the emergency room because he woke screaming one night and wouldn't stop. He wouldn't stop, that is, until we walked into the emergency room. Then he was calm and happy. He fell asleep on the exam table and was awakened by the cold tip of a thermometer up his pooper. He looked very surprised and confused.