Baby Sprout medical app provides way to track your child’s health and milestones

Purpose of App Review

  • to review the content of the app
  • to analyze the robustness of the app’s features

Introduction

Children do not come with a user manual.

Fortunately, our families, friends, and pediatricians can help guide how we care for our children. This help comes in many forms including personal guidance, books, and now even medical apps.

The Baby Sprout medical app seeks to allow users to track health and development parameters of their child(ren).

User Interface

The Home page of the app allows you to enter your child’s info. Once in place, your child’s information is presented in newspaper style format.

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The Home section includes multiple sections: the most recent Milestone, TODAY at a glance, Breaking News, a Closer Look, and About Your Child.

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You can add additional children by selecting the baby head icon in the top left corner.

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The bottom toolbar allows you access to the other sections of the app. The Milestones’ section contains a number of typical developmental firsts, including smile, steps, dancing, and solid food. By selecting the milestone, you can add the date and a picture of the milestone being met.

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The Medical section includes M.D. Visit Planner, Growth Trackers, Immunizations, and Medication Tracker. In the M.D. Visit Planner area, you can add an appointment and questions. You can enter your child’s height, weight, and head circumference and have them tracked and sent to you. You can also enter immunizations in as your child receives them in the Immunization section. The app also allows you to track what medications you have given your child.

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The Tools section provides the ability to track sleeping, feeding, pumping, and diaper changing.

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The final section More has links to other apps (including pregnancy and pet apps), the ability to add Facebook and Twitter accounts, and access to the help center.

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Price

  • $4.99, trial version available for free

Likes

  • ability to track and photograph milestones
  • ability to track multiple physiologic functions
  • ability to PIN protect app information

Dislikes

  • does not include suggested or possible questions to ask
  • lacks email function for M.D. visit section and Home page
  • no references listed for homepage content

Healthcare providers that would benefit from the app

  • Healthcare providers of children whose parents may find this information helpful

Patients that may benefit from app

  • Care providers, guardians, friends, relatives of children who seek a way to track and learn more about their child

Conclusion

  • The Baby Sprout medical app provides a longitudinal milestone and health tracking app for your child. The app’s greatest strength relies in its user adaptability. It does not provide as much guidance as the Pregnancy Sprout app.

Availability on Android:

  • As of publish, not currently available

iTunes Link

Rating: 3.75/5
1. User Interface – 4.  Easy to move from section to section, as well as within sections
2. Multimedia usage – 4.  Allows for user input of photos. Graphs are created by the app as well. Split-screen and clean transitions utilized throughout the app.
3. Price – 3.  Approximately $5 in cost, this app provides slightly less content than Sprout’s other apps, but includes a larger time period than pregnancy.
4. Real world applicability – 4.  Could be used daily, especially when children are younger. Use depends on the features most often utilized.

App version: 1.4
Compatibility: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Optimized for iPhone 5
Requires: iOS 5.0 or later
Tested on: iPhone 4S

Disclaimer:
This post does not establish, nor is it intended to establish, a patient physician relationship with anyone. It does not substitute for professional advice, and does not substitute for an in-person evaluation with your healthcare provider. It does not provide the definitive statement on the subject addressed. Before using these apps please consult with your own physician or healthcare provider as to the apps validity and accuracy as this post is not intended to affirm the validity or accuracy of the apps in question. The app(s) mentioned in this post should not be used without discussing the app first with your healthcare provider.

Author:

Kelli Barbour MD

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