You’re at the playground, and your child comes stumbling over to you, complaining that his head hurts. What do you do?
If you have Pediatric SymptomMD on your iPhone or iPod Touch, you tap the screen and access a wealth of easy-to-understand information immediately, without having to deal with a cumbersome internet search or unreliable WiFi service. The information provided draws from the same clinical protocols used by pediatricians and nurses across the US and Canada and has been tested time and again over 15 years on more than 150 million queries.
Navigation within the application is simple: Choose the most appropriate sympton care guide, use the chart to determine the recommended action, and follow the care advice provided.
There are 85 care guides from which to choose, and they’re organized alphabetically, by keyword, and by body area, with links to related guidelines. The charts can help determine the course of action you should take, including whether you should call 911 immediately. There’s also some great reference material, like pediatric dosage tables by weight for over-the-counter medications, images to help you identify symptoms and injuries like rashes or bug bites, and standard First Aid information.
The application is not a substitute for a trip to the doctor’s office or emergency care, but can provide the same peace of mind that you might get by calling the nurses’ line after hours. Think of it as having a pediatrician on call, all the time.