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
Liz DeCarlo is the former senior editor at Chicago Parent.
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