Purpose of App Review

  • to explore the wellness tracking features of the Kids’ Wellness Tracker app
  • to assess the drug recommendations provided by the app

Introduction

Childhood is a busy time. It seems like you blink and your 2 year-old is now your 12 year-old getting ready to start middle school.  As the time flies by, we try to document their every change as they become adults with photographs and keepsakes. Sometimes, though, we forget to document their health and sickness. The Kids Wellness Tracker app provides a means to document and monitor your child’s health and their illnesses.

User Interface

The home page of the app brings you to the children’s page, which lists the child(ren) you have added to the app, provides a link to the Get the Right Dose section, and links you to learning resources based on conditions and on safety/proper use of medicine in kids.

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To make the most use of the app, you add your child(ren) by selecting the plus arrow button in the top left and adding in the child’s name, gender, date of birth, height, weight, and even drug flavor and formula preferences.

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If you have not added your child or you just have a general dose query, you can skip choosing a particular child and instead select the right dose bar. This brings you to the Dosing Calculator section. You are then prompted to enter the child’s date of birth and weight which allows you to receive dosing and formulation recommendations, complete with pictures of the medicine (either Children’s Motrin or Children’s Tylenol, the flavors, and the formula (pill versus liquid).

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Your child’s doctor can also send you dosing recommendations (if the doctor uses the manufacturer’s Mobile Health Pro). It can be accessed through this section, or you can look for specific dosing recommendations for each child by selecting his/her name from the child list.

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Going back to the homepage and selecting a child brings you to several options–the dosing calculator is available there, but so is a symptom tracker and medicine tracker.

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On the Symptom tracker page, the add button allows you to add/track any number of symptoms. If you do not find your child’s symptom listed, you can add it in.

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The app provides a symptom reminder tracker to prompt you to reassess your child’s status if you desire.

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The Medicine tracker section allows you to write in what medicine(s) you have given your child, including start and stop times and if the doctor prescribed them.

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Fortunately, childhood is a time for most children of relatively good health. In order to ensure this health, well-child visits assess a kid’s height, weight and BMI, as well as if the child has received their recommended immunizations. As a parent, this app allows you to follow these same things. The Vaccine tracker section allows the user to add the name and date of the vaccination administered.

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The Height/Weight/BMI section provides data entry for each of these parameters, as well as the ability to look at your child’s growth chart.

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Throughout the app, the top left menu icon allows easy navigation between functions of the app, including each of the previously discussed child-specific sections, the learning resources section, and the My Settings section.

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The My Settings section allows you to personalize the app for units of measure, as well as the use of a security PIN.

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Price

  • Free

Likes

  • Ability to add multiple children
  • Inclusion of symptom tracker and timer to remind assessment of symptoms
  • Features vaccination, BMI tracking
  • Security PIN option available

Dislikes

  • Inability to write-in vaccines
  • Child preferences section does not change which medicines are listed/recommended
  • No alternative brands to Tylenol or Motrin are recommended
  • Learning Resources section does not include specific safety information on recommended meds
  • Lack of email function for tracked items

Patients that may benefit from app

  • Parents of children of all ages who would like to track their child’s health status, both in times of illness and in times of health.

Conclusions

  • The Kid’s Wellness Tracker app is a robust, multifunctional app allowing for symptom, medicine, vaccination and body measurement monitoring. The app, developed by the makers of Children’s Tylenol and Children’s Motrin, is drug-specific, but allows for personalization of medications.
  • Dose recommendations are provided and appear to be accurate according to the child’s age/weight. The advertisement by the sponsors is visible, but not intrusive other than with product recommendations.

iMedicalApps recommended?

  • Yes

iTunes Link

Rating: 3.93/5
1. User Interface – 4.  Logical navigation with additional bubble text to help guide the user.
2. Multimedia usage – 4.  Splitscreen use with side toolbar, easy transitions between screens.  No animations, but does include illustrations.
3. Price – 4.75. Free with advertising built-in
4. Real world applicability – 3.  Helpful when the kids are feeling down, but also useful in times of health, particularly with ability to record data from well-child checks.

Android Availability: not available
App version: 1.0.2
Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod to (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad.  This app is 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.