American Academy of Pediatrics launches iPhone app to check kids' symptoms

Is it just a stuffy nose? The American Academy of Pediatrics has released an iPhone app to check kids' symptoms for common ailments.
 
 

By Liz DeCarlo

Senior Editor

What should you do if your child develops a fever, cough, vomiting, rash, sore throat or head injury? A new symptom-checker tool from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) can help parents decide what to do next. The tool is available at healthychildren.org/symptom-checker.

Parents can enter their child's symptoms in the interactive tool and receive up-to-date advice about how to treat minor illnesses at home, or when to call the doctor immediately.Each symptom care guide includes a decision chart to help determine the severity of the illness and how to manage it. The symptom checker also includes pediatric dosage tables by weight for common over-the-counter medications, images to help identify rashes, stings and bites, and first aid illustrations.

The KidsDoc Symptom Checker is also available as a downloadable iPhone application called KidsDoc, providing the same advice when parents are on the go. Immediate connections are available to 911, your pediatrician or a nearby emergency department. The app is available to download for $1.99 at healthychildren.org/kidsdoc or from the iPhone App Store.

 
 





 
 
 
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