Pediatric apps for physicians range from medical calculators, medical reference apps, drug and immunization recommendations, as well as guidelines for the management of various pediatric conditions.
Parents can use different pediatric apps to track their children health, get a recommendation on vaccinations, contact doctors, or learn more about various pediatric conditions. However, they should never use mobile apps as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
Here, we listed some of the popular pediatric mobile apps that physicians and parents may find useful.
Pediatric Apps for Doctors
AAP Red Book App
The AAP Red Book app allows pediatricians and other healthcare professionals to quickly access critical, current information for diagnosis, treatment, and management of more than 200 infectious diseases, including drug dosing, immunization information and updates from Red Book Online site.
The app is free, however, it requires existing AAP subscription, either individual or institutional.
Pedi-STAT app is a quick drug reference for RNs, physicians and other healthcare professionals caring for pediatric patients in the emergency or critical care environment. It is made by QxMD that also made some other excellent medical apps, we reviewed here on SteadyHealth.
The app presents medication information in an easy-to-understand color coded format, providing information about drugs, procedures, dosages, management, and so on. Simple and clear interface aims to eliminate all drug uncertainties in a stressful critical pediatric setting.
PediSTAT app is available for both Android and iOS at a price of $2.99.
Pedi QuikCalc App
Pedi QuikCalc app is the fastest, most up-to-date medical calculator for pediatricians, providing them an instant access to various calculations and conversions, and other important everyday information. It contains IV fluid calculator, weight-based drug dosage calculator, BMI-for-age calculator, height calculator, growth charts, and much more.
The app features searchable drug list that contains hundreds of medications used in general pediatrics. Drug information is comprehensive and includes breastfeeding and pregnancy categories, as well as dosage adjustment information in hepatic and renal failure.
Pedi QuikCalc is available only on iOS at a price of $1.99.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed CDC Vaccine Schedules app for medical professionals who recommend and administer vaccines to infants, children, adolescents, and adults. The app allows providers to quickly access child and adolescent schedules, with immunization recommendations from birth through age 18, schedules for adults by age group and by medical conditions, and contraindications and precautions table.
CDC Vaccine Schedule doesn't have the prettiest design, but it's highly functional and useful app. It is available on iOS and Android for free.
WHO Hospital Care for Children app is a mobile version of 'Pocket book of Hospital Care for Children', also dubbed as Blue Pocketbook, which contains guidelines for the management of major causes of childhood mortality in developing countries, including low birth weight, prematurity, sepsis, congenital anomalies, pneumonia, diarrhea, fever, severe acute malnutrition, HIV/AIDS, surgical problems, and more.
The app has 12 chapters and 5 appendices, covering range of topics, including triage and emergency conditions, diagnostic approach, problems with neonates and young infants, conditions, dealing with common surgical problems, supportive care, monitoring the progress to counseling and discharge from hospital, practical pediatric procedures, drug dosages and regimens, equipment charts, IV fluid recommendations/dosing, and much more.
The app is free to download and use on Android and iOS devices.
AAP Pediatric Care Online App
Pediatric Care Online is another app by AAP, which is made for both pediatricians and parents. It is a practical resource that integrates a full range of essential pediatric information and a patient education content. The app also includes a lot of point-of-care references, tools, videos, and more.
Pediatric Care Online app enables users to download key resources and read them offline, including the Point-of-Care Quick Reference, Red Book (available as a separate app we mentioned above), Interactive Periodicity Schedule, and Pediatric Drug Lookup.
Just like the Red Book app, Pediatric Care Online app is free but also requires AAP subscription.
Pediatric Quick Reference App
Pediatric Quick Reference app was developed by the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Department at Children's National Medical Center in Washington DC. It provides healthcare professionals dealing with pediatric emergencies with a quick and easy access to pediatric vitals, dosages, and equipment guidelines during acute or life-threatening emergencies.
The app includes an alphabetical list of conditions likely to be encountered in the emergency department, with commonly used medications with dosage recommendations for each condition. The app also provides quick and easy access to AHA PALS charts for pediatric cardiac arrest, bradycardia, and tachycardia, as well as recommendations for appropriate sizes of commonly used equipment.
The app is available on Android and iOS for free.
Pediatric Apps for Parents
Child Health Tracker App
Child Health Tracker app allows parents to better manage their children’s health, by giving them access to their children's health information, medication tracker, a database of caregivers and healthcare providers, as well as AAP guidance on the vaccinations. The app is easy to use with a simple and clean interface.
However, Child Health Tracker app is only available on iOS and it costs $2.99.
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Vaccines on the Go App was developed by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to help parents find accurate information about vaccines easier.
The app includes information about the actual vaccine, the diseases caused by not getting vaccinated, side effects of the vaccinations and any other information that parents may find useful.
Vaccines on the Go app is a great resource for all parents who want to have general information on vaccinations, which is presented in a compact and easy to understand format.
The app is free and it's available on both Android and iOS.
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I've already mentioned two apps from American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) made for pediatricians and other healthcare professionals that care for pediatric patients.
KidsDoc is their third app in this list, but this one is made for parents. This app puts their mind at ease by providing them with trusted information and guides on home management of common pediatric conditions and first aid situations that parents can manage on their own.
Unlike their apps for healthcare professionals, KidsDoc app doesn't require AAP subscription, but it costs $1.99 to download and use on your Android and iOS devices.