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What should you do if your child develops a fever, cough, vomiting, rash, sore throat or head injury? What should you do about behavioral issues, from toilet training to teaching responsibility to teenagers? These are questions that all parents have. Health problems and parenting issues can arise anytime – evenings, weekends, when you’re at work or traveling or your doctor’s office is closed.

Pediatric SymptomMD is designed especially for these concerns and challenges.

The Symptom Care Guides help you make smart decisions on what level of care (if any) is needed and how to provide speedy symptom relief for minor illnesses or injuries you can manage on your own.

Pediatric SymptomMD is derived from the clinical protocols used by pediatricians and nurses in 10,000 practices and 400 nurse advice call centers in the US and Canada. They have been tested for 15 years on more than 150 million symptom calls.

The 145 Parent Advice Messages deal with the most common behavior and wellness questions parents ask their physicians. Each topic provides a description of the issue, three to five specific recommendations to address the concern, and (often) additional resources which may be useful to your situation.

Symptom Checker Features
Easy 3-step navigation:
1. Choose the most appropriate symptom care guide
2. Use the symptom decision chart to find the recommended action
3. Follow the self care advice to make your child more comfortable

The care guide that best matches your child’s symptom can be located quickly by using the alphabetical index, body area index, or keyword search.

Content - each symptom care guide contains:
* Definition which describes the focus of the care guide so you can decide if it’s a good fit for your problem. If not, there are quick links to related guidelines.

* Decision Chart which helps determine what action is suggested based on the severity and description of your symptom. Once you have a match, simply follow the corresponding action, such as Call 911, Call Your Child’s Doctor Now, Call Your Child’s Doctor within 24 hours or Manage at Home.

* Immediate Connections to medical help, such as 911, your child’s doctor, nearby Emergency Department (ER) or the Poison Center are available if you have phone service.

* Home Care Advice is available for any illnesses and injuries that can be treated at home. The instructions provide clear, up-to-date steps for relieving symptoms.

* Medication and Allergy list manager to let you track prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications for your whole family.

* Pediatric dosage tables for common over-the-counter medications.

* Visual images to help you identify symptoms (e.g. rashes), injuries and common causes of bites & stings.

* First Aid topics and illustrations to support immediate action, if needed.

Disclaimer: The information provided with this Application is not a substitute for professional medical or behavioral advice, diagnosis or treatment; it is for informational purposes only. Talk with your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you think your child may have a medical emergency, call the doctor or 911 immediately. Before using Pediatric SymptomMD, all users should read and agree with the full Disclaimer available in the application within More > Disclaimer.

What's New

Version 5.2

*Updated for iPhone X

Ratings and Reviews


Useful info for parents

As parents of a toddler, my husband and I find this application to be really helpful. When you're wondering whether or not you should worry (or how much you should worry) about your child's fever or cough, this provides answers quickly. We have various baby books we can look at, but the layout of this program and the information in it seem much more accessible AND to the point - and, of course, if we're out and something comes up, we'll have the iPhone with us.


Helpful and accurate

This is written by doctors, for parents. It's been especially helpful to figure out how to deal with a number of common and uncommon children's conditions. I repeatedly utilize the dosing tables to help figure out the appropriate dosing for a number of common meds by weight (which is something you can't get from the bottle). I take great comfort that this is written by a number of doctors and gives great practical advice. I recommend this app to all parents that I know.


Invaluable for parents

Great information that's always in my pocket. As a parent of two young ones, it is invaluable. Won't replace your pediatrician, but helps you work through the problem and communicate with your Doctor so much more effectively. Highly, highly recommended for all parents as the ultimate reference for all things medical, backed by a trusted pediatrician and years of research and knowledge. (no, I don't know him personally - I'm just very satified). Worth every penny!


Self Care Decisions
20.1 MB
Health & Fitness
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
Frequent/Intense Medical/Treatment Information
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