Apps and Resources for Families

Check out these great apps

KidsDoc Symptom Checker

What should a parent do if their child develops a fever, cough, vomiting, rash, sore throat or head injury? When can a child return to school or child care after an illness? These are medical advice questions that all parents have. Health problems can arise anytime - evenings, weekends, during work hours, when traveling, or when the doctor’s office is closed. KidsDoc is designed especially for these times. The care guides help parents make smart decisions on what level of care (if any) is needed and how to provide speedy symptom relief for minor illnesses or injuries that parents can manage on their own.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later. Android requires version 2.2 and up.


Iron Kids

Everything a young athlete needs to safely and effectively build strength, balance, fitness; and prepare to excel in sport and keep playing by preventing injury. This 45-minute workout ran by Jordan D. Metzl, MD, FAAP, nationally recognized sports medicine physician at Hospital for Special Surgery, 29-time marathon runner, and 9-time Ironman triathlete. It includes detailed demonstrations to work the core, upper body, and lower body; as well as strength training pointers and tools to create custom workouts and set goals and reminders.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.


Healthy Children

Key articles and videos are available on the device with access to the full Healthy Children website when connected to the Internet. Quick tools to find a pediatrician by location and ask a pediatrician to help you get quick answers and access. And stay current with updates and messages from HealthyChildren.org when new information and apps are available.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Android requires version 2.1 and up.



The Wonder Weeks

Think of it as a portable, at-a-glance version of the leap chart in The Wonder Weeks. Where the book describes in-depth and easy-to-understand terms the incredible developmental changes that all babies go through, the app is the perfect companion element to track your baby’s mental development (during the first 20 months).

It is also a handy reminder for new parents when their baby’s brain is changing, or “leaping,” she is making a significant advance in mental development, and with each step forward comes a drastic change in the way your baby sees the world around him. Because these leaps come so quickly, the “new world” and new abilities can sometimes be scary, and the development can initially manifest in poor sleep, bad appetite, crying, clinging and crankiness – exhausting and frustrating mom and dad.

By knowing what is going on inside the head of your baby, you can help him to make the leap more easily and stimulate his development. The Wonder Weeks app helps new parents by:

  • Showing when your baby makes a leap in his mental development
  • What your baby can understand & learn after this mental leap
  • What your baby can do after this leap
  • What you can do to help your baby

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. Android requires version 2.2 and up.