Look on the internet and you can be overwhelmed with advice. I am not sure how I would respond as a new parent. One site recommends one thing, and then you go to another one and it says no, that is wrong -try this. As a parent you only want to do what is best for your child, so it is natural to go look for information. But you need to be careful of information that is out there.
I always love when parents bring me information that they found on the internet or on some new phone app. First, I want to make sure that it is giving them good information. Next, I occasionally find something new that I like and will recommend- like the snot snucker or nose frieda.
There is one phone app that I have been recommending to my patients lately. It is an app put out by Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and on my phone it is called- On Call. When I am answering phone calls after hours, I often look at the app to see if it is providing the same information that I would provide- and it most definitely does this. It is easy to use and provides information based on symptom- such as cold, cough, diarrhea, animal bites, appetite slumps, bedwetting, just to name a few. It also has parent advice on such topics as the child who says “ I Hate You”, school phobias, how to swallow a pill, and even Santa Claus, Hanukah Time, and Halloween questions. ( I know , I was shocked by this).
You will provide you with basic information about the topic, and then give you information on when to call your doctor, go to the hospital or seek immediate care. It lists ready to need phone numbers such as poison control and the nearest children’s Urgent Care, and you can even log into My Chart from the app. It even has a place where you can list your allergies and medications- great for those on many medications so you always have them with you. And finally, it provides a dosing chart for common medications including Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl and Zyrtec.
So, check out this app as a reputable and safe source of information. As always, if you are concerned don’t hesitate to call us as nothing beats a phone conversation, but if you want some quick information and don’t feel you want to call please download and using this phone app!