March 3, 2010 - St. Louis - How should you treat a fever? Should you call the doctor about a bug bite? Does your child have croup?
For the first time, answers and advice are no farther than your hip pocket or purse. St. Louis Children's Hospital now has its own iPhone app for pediatric symptoms. It's called Kid Care.
The app, which launched in January, is free and may be downloaded from Apple iTunes, or by linking from the St. Louis Children's Hospital web site, StLouisChildrens.org.
Kid Care guidelines help parents make decisions on what level of medical care is needed and how to treat their child at home when it's safe to do so. You can select from 88 pediatric topics and search from an alphabetical list or by body area.
"Health problems can arise anytime - evenings, weekends, when you're at work or traveling," says Suzi Wells, BSN, RN, manager of the St. Louis Children's Hospital Answer Line, and content consultant for the Kid Care app. "The application helps you make smart decisions on what level of care is needed and how to provide speedy relief for your child's minor illnesses or injuries that you can manage on your own."
There is no substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The St. Louis Children's Hospital Answer Line can assist with more challenging symptoms, provide additional personal guidance on whether to call the doctor, even help parents select a doctor or specialist. That number is 314.454.KIDS or 800.678.KIDS.
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