Helpful Health Smartphone Apps to Try
These apps are either recommended by our physicians, expert clinicians, or by a reputable source such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (APA), etc.. All of these apps are either free or available for a low cost through the App Store or Google Play.
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CDC Mobile App
The CDC Mobile application
is now available for both iPhone and Android users. Organize your app home screen so the information that's most important to you appears first. Turn off the sources you don't want with just a flip of a switch and reset it all with the tap of a button. Automatic updates whenever your device is online ensures that you're the most up-to-date with health news and information. Direct links to social media, text, and email lets you immediately share the most interesting articles with friends and family. Whether you're a fan of the weekly MMWR articles or you have an interest in the Disease of the Week, the CDC Mobile app has something for you.
Child Health Tracker
Child Health Tracker gives parents the power of on-demand access to their child(ren)'s health information, needs, and providers; and AAP guidance on the vaccinations and milestones they should be expecting.
, not available for Android
HEADS UP Rocket Blade! by the CDC
Blast off into concussion safety with CDC HEADS Up Rocket Blades!
3-2-1 Blast Off! CDC's Injury Center has developed a mobile game app on concussion safety for children aged 6 to 8. Through a futuristic world of galactic racing adventures, children can learn the benefits of play it safe and smart! The app aims to teach children:
- the different way the brain can get hurt during sports activities.
- how important it is to tell a coach, parent, or other adult when an injury occurs.
- the importance of taking time to rest and recover if they have a concussion.
, not available for Android
Health IQ by the CDC
Test your Health IQ
with the CDC's interactive, educational, and fun health trivia app! Do you know the minimum SPF needed to protect yourself from the sun's harmful rays? Or how many seconds you should wash your hands to kill germs? Let the game show scientists lead you through an exciting selection of trivia questions and word scrambles. Race against the clock to earm more points or use hints when you are stumped.
Healthy Children Magazine
Get advice you can trust from the nation's leading child health experts. Published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and backed by 67,000 AAP member physicians, Healthy Children magazine packs each issue with important information for parents of children of all ages. You'll find guidance on safety and injury prevention; childhood illnesses and diseases; immunization information; developmental milestones; nutrition and fitness; behavioral issues; and much more.
KidsDoc Symptom Checker
What should a parent do if their child develops a fever, cough, vomitting, 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. Recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Milestone Tracker by the CDC
is the CDC's new parent-friendly app that parents can use to track their child(ren)'s developmental milestones from age 2 months to 5 years! Photos and videos in the app illustrate each milestone and make tracking them for your child(ren) easy and fun. Get a summary of your child's milestones; view tips and activities to support your child(ren)'s development; and find out what to do if you ever have a developmental concern. Spanish version coming soon!
OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool App
The OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool
is a useful resource for planning outdoor work activities based on how hot it feels throughout the day. Featuring real-time heat index and hourly forecasts, specific to your location, as well as occupational safety and health recommendation for OSHA and NIOSH.
TravWell by the CDC
app helps you plan for safe and healthy international travel. Build a trip to get destination-specific vaccine recommendations, a checklist of what you need to do to prepare for travel, and a customizable healthy travel packing list. The app also lets you store travel documents, keep a record of your medications and immunizations, and set reminders to get vaccine booster doses or take medicines while you're traveling.