Parenting applications are just what the doctor ordered

It’s a mobile world out there, with smartphone and tablet apps for just about every need–including parenting advice and health tips for your child.

Of course, no technology takes the place of a healthy relationship and good communication between you and your child’s pediatrician, so if you’re dealing with a true medical emergency or just not sure if an illness or injury warrants a visit, always err on the side of caution and call the physician’s office.

A is for apps

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers apps to help make your job as a parent a little easier. Highlights include:

  • Healthy Children features AAP articles, videos, access to the organization’s website and useful tools such as pediatrician searches and “Ask a Pediatrician.” (Free)
  • KidsDoc provides a symptom checker, including information on treating fevers, coughs and vomiting; how to handle a head injury; and other conditions. ($1.99)
  • Car Seat Check supplies you fast information on which car seat is the correct one for your child (based on age, height and weight), along with how-to installation videos and articles. ($1.99)
  • Iron Kids is an app geared toward helping children ages 8 and up safely build strength and balance and improve fitness–all while protecting them from injury and allowing them to excel in any sport. ($3.99)
  • Child Health Tracker gives you AAP vaccination recommendations, childhood milestones, pre-visit questionnaires and parent handouts following office well visits. ($4.99)

Emergency Checklist

Being prepared for an emergency can help you survive one. Use these tips from the American College of Emergency Physicians to help protect you and your family.

  1. Post emergency numbers by the phone.
  2. Make a list of medications and allergies.
  3. Keep first aid kits in your home and car.
  4. Take a first aid class.

Sign up for Health Reminders, an online tool to help you keep track of medications and more! Visit www.bhset.net.

Here when you need us

Baptist Beaumont Hospital’s Children’s Emergency Center, located at 3080 College Street, Beaumont, is open 24/7. Visit www.bhset.net/KidsER or call (409) 212-6600 to learn more.

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