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5 Medical Apps Every Parent Should Have on Their Phone
PHOTO BY Screencapped from the iTriage app; thebolde.com
  • Your child wakes up with bloodshot eyes. You feel a sudden pain in your stomach at work. Disease and medical emergencies can happen at any time. It’s best to be prepared with information wherever you may be and whenever you may need it. These medical apps provide that service.

    But remember, these are very useful as quick and convenient references but they don't replace a doctor’s consultation in any way. Talk to your doctor about your medical concerns and don’t skip on you and your child’s regular checkups.

    1. iTriage

    This might not be the sleekest of apps, but it’s definitely one of the more useful ones. It’s a database for a myriad of medical diseases, conditions, procedures and medications. It allows the user to select a symptom from a very comprehensive list (shakes, neck swelling, painful urination, etc.) then shows the user a list of common causes of the symptom with critical conditions indicated by a nurse icon. Each cause can then be read in detail including its description, diagnosis and treatment. Created by two ER doctors, iTriage’s content is reviewed by Harvard Medical School.

    Available for free: iOS, Android

    2. WebMD Baby

    This app is essentially two things: a tracker and a baby manual. Trackers include ones for: breastfeeding, sleep, diaper, growth, solid-food and more. That’s already useful on its own, but a lot of other apps can provide that as well. As a medical tool, WebMD also has reviewed content on baby and toddler care, illness and emergencies, baby’s week by week guide, milestones, vaccines, doctor visits and more. As a little extra, it also functions as a baby book where you can store your baby’s precious moments (firsts, favorites, growth, etc.) with photos and videos. 

    Available for free: iOS, Android

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    3. Vaccines on the Go

    Get vital information on crucial child vaccines at your fingertips with Vaccines on the Go, an app created by The Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the U.S. In one place, you can read about the diseases the vaccines can prevent including a description of the disease, it’s rarity, it’s level of contagiousness, the side effects of the vaccine for it and more. The app also contains a recommended vaccination schedule for infants to kids, links to where you can find more info, videos, a notepad for jotting down questions you may have for your doctor and even games to test all the things you’ve learned. As a bonus, the app is also well-made and a breeze to use and navigate. 

    Available for free: iOS, Android

    4. First Aid PH

    Do you know how to treat a burn? Or how about save a child who’s choking? The Philippine Red Cross launched First Aid PH last September in time for the celebration of World First Aid Day. The app is preloaded (no need for an internet connection) with step-by-step instructions for first aid treatments involving different emergency situations. It’s also fully integrated with the Red Cross Hotline so you can call for help directly from the app. First Aid PH is absolutely a must on every device.

    Available for free: iOS, Android

    5. St. Luke’s MedConnect

    St. Luke’s Medical Center’s app leaves a lot to be desired but we find one feature on it worth the download and memory space on your phone, especially if you have a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) plan like Medicard or PhilCare. The in-app directory lets you find a St. Luke’s doctor that’s accredited by your HMO. You can filter your search by specialization, sub-specialization, hospital location and availability status. It then gives you a list of the doctor’s names along with their clinic location, room number, clinic schedule and contact number. We find it works well for finding pediatric doctors. (Tip: You don’t need to fill out the text boxes asking for a doctor’s name. Skip that and choose options from the drop down options below, then hit search.) Plus, there’s also a feature that lets you call St. Luke’s emergency hotlines directly from the app. 

    Available for free: iOS, Android

    Sources: Immunize.org, Medical Economics 

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