Smartphone application (app) use is on the rise, and the more than 275 million smartphone users in the U.S. have a digital goldmine of resources at their fingertips. Apps you can use to help guide your decision-making when it comes to your family’s health and well-being follow.
From the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP)
InfoRx (iPhone Only)
InfoRx includes easy-to-understand materials and provides basic descriptions and diagnostic and treatment options on more than 120 healthcare topics, including ADHD, sports injuries and ear infections. Some material is also available in Spanish.
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Milestone Tracker Mobile App
Helps you track your child’s milestones from age two months to five years. Delayed development can be a critical early indicator of an underlying health concern, and early intervention is most effective. This app gives you tips and activities to support development at every age, guidelines on when to call your healthcare provider, and milestone trackers using an interactive, illustrated checklist.
Can I Eat This?
Ask the app to find out which foods are likely to be safe while traveling, especially internationally. Can help prevent tummy troubles and traveler’s diarrhea.
Help your family plan a safe, healthy international trip. This app features customizable packing lists, destination-specific immunization recommendations, reminder functions for taking medications and more.
Test your health and safety knowledge. Topics include the best SPF, staying well during flu season, emergency storm preparation, hand washing techniques and more. Try three levels of difficulty for different age-groups. Also available in Spanish.
Solve the Outbreak
This app gives you the chance to become a Disease Detective working to discover the source of an outbreak before the disease starts to spread. Sparks interest in science through fun, interactive gaming based on real-life scenarios. Unlock different levels to increase the level of difficulty.
From the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Kids Doc Symptom Checker
What do you do if your child suddenly begins vomiting or has a persistent cough, sore throat or an injury? When can your child return to school after being sick? What are the signs of a concussion? This app is designed to help you make decisions about the kind of care to seek in an appropriate time frame.
An award-winning, 45-minute workout for young athletes, this app is designed by a nationally recognized sports medicine physician who is a 29-time marathon runner and a 9-time Ironman triathlete. Help your sports player strengthen and condition safely and effectively while preventing injuries.
This app helps parents and teachers complete behavioral assessments of children ages 4 to 18 years who have an ADHD diagnosis. Monitoring behaviors in real time can give providers valuable information to fine-tune medication dosages or assess effectiveness of behavioral interventions.
Car Seat Check
Feel overwhelmed by the need to make sure your child is appropriately restrained in your vehicle? This app helps you quickly learn what kind of seat is best for your child and includes video installation guides.
Child Health Tracker
This app includes milestones for development, vaccination and health needs.
Be sure to use health apps created or endorsed by reputable child health experts, such as the CDC or AAP. Some apps are commercial and may not be evidence-based. Ask your provider for advice. Among the advantages to parenting in the 21st century is having instant access to accurate health information!
Jessica L. Peck, DNP, RN, MSN, CPNP-PC, CNE, CNL, is a mother of four and has been a PNP for 15 years. She is currently the Texas State Representative for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.