Today's busy parents usually don't have time to wait at the doctor's office or spend hours trying to identify symptoms online. A lot of them turn to mobile apps instead.
Mobile apps for parents cover a range of topics, from newborn and children health care and parenting guides to nutrition and activity trackers for children.
Here, we listed some of the most popular apps we thought might be useful for parents.
Seeing the app designed for adults on this list may seem strange, but WebMD app is certainly one of the best health apps around that can be also used by parents for their children.
WebMD app offers many features, however, the Symptom Checker is probably the most popular and the best known WebMD's feature that is available online and as a mobile app.
It is designed in the same way as the symptom checker available online, featuring the male and female body that patients can tap on to quickly and easily look up the symptoms for different body parts.
Parents can use this symptom checker by setting the age, as well as the sex of their children.
While symptom checker may be a convenient solution for nonurgent symptoms in older children, I would advise that you always contact your doctor first.
WebMD app is available for free on Android and iOS.
Sometimes kids get sick after hours or when it would otherwise be difficult to reach their primary care physician.
The American Academy of Pediatrics designed KidsDoc app, a resource for parents who are seeking medical guidance for their sick or injured child in moments where it's difficult to get help or guidance from a physician.
The app provides a symptom-based triage protocol that gives recommendations to parents on whether they should go to the ER, call their primary care physician, or manage the symptoms at home.
Thanks to a very intuitive user interface the app allows parents to choose symptoms by body area or from an alphabetical list of symptoms. There is also Search button that enables quicker search by keyword.
The app suggests that parents should carefully read through the list of symptoms without skipping any to find the one that matches to a symptom their children have.
Based on the symptom, the app would suggest the action, including 'Call 911 now,' 'Go to ER now,' 'Call doctor now or go to ER,' 'Call doctor within 24 hours,' 'Call doctor during office hours,' or perform 'Self care at home.'
KidsDoc app is available for $1.99 on iOS and Android.
Sprout Baby App
A lot of new parents would love that children come with a user manual. But they do not.
Jokes aside. But, being a new parent is indeed difficult. Luckily, there are family, friends, and pediatricians that can help us with guidance on how we care for our children.
There are also many mobile apps that make things a bit easier. One of the most popular is the series of Sprout app that covers many important topics, from tracking period to pregnancy and baby care.
We have already reviewed Sprout Pregnancy app that helps future moms track their pregnancy and see how they baby develops week-by-week thanks to stunning 3D visuals.
Once the baby is born, new moms can install Sprout Baby app to track their baby's health, including symptoms, temperature, medications, baby's feeding, sleeping, diapers, as well as growth.
Sprout Baby app is available as a free two-week trial before users are required to purchase the Premium app for $4.99.
However, unlike Sprout Pregnancy, Sprout Baby app isn't available on Android at this time.
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WebMD also developed another app, which is specifically designed for parents. According to WebMD, over 1.7 million parents have downloaded their Baby app to track their baby's development and get trusted physician-approved advice.
The WebMD Baby app provides 4 tracker tools, including feeding tracker (breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, and solid food), sleep tracker, diaper tracker, and growth tracker.
There is also Baby Book feature that enables parents to capture their baby's memories and share them with other parents, friends, or family.
WebMD Baby app also includes an extensive library of physician-approved medical content including 400 articles, 598 tips, and 70 videos about baby & toddler care, illness & emergencies, parenting tips, vaccines, and more.
The app is free to download and use on both Android and iOS devices.
One of the biggest fears that new parents face is the fever that they children may have. Fever is the common clinical problem and one of the main causes for bringing the infants to urgent care.
If your children often have a fever you might consider using some sort of tool that would help you track when exactly the fever started, how it progressed and what other symptoms occurred, and explain them to your pediatrician.
Feevy app does exactly that. It keeps track of body temperatures and medication not only for your children but for your whole family as well.
Feevy app analyzes all tracked data and provides a beautiful and very detailed interactive chart, which makes it easy to get a quick overview or analyze the temperatures in more details.
As said, the app supports multiple users, which makes it ideal family app.
The app costs $1.99 to download and use, and it's available only on iOS.
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Child Health Tracker
Child Health Tracker is another app in this list developed by American Academy of Pediatrics. It provides parents with the on-demand access to their children's health information, caregivers, and health care providers, as well as medication tracker.
The app also provides parents with AAP guidance on the vaccinations, doctor's visits, and milestones they should be expecting.
The app costs $2.99 and it's only available on iOS devices.
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30Second Mom App
30Second Mom app is not exactly a health app, but it's worthy of mentioning. It is a mobile social platform that provides moms with quick and helpful tips from other moms - each in about 30 seconds or less (hence the name of the app).
These tips cover everything from parenting, health, and food to home, travel, beauty and more. Moms can read these tips or watch them on video, which is both intended to save time.
Users can use 30Second Mom app to interact with each other, to comment on tips, or like tips and share them via social networks with their family and friends.
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Links: Android, iOS