Free mobile app can answer parents’ questions when their child is sick or injured.

April 2, 2015


NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - 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 when your doctor’s office is closed. KidAches™ pediatric symptom checker, a mobile app device service of The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, is designed especially for these concerns.

The KidAches app, or mobile phone application, launched on March 16.

KidAches can help concerned parents seek and find those all-important answers, no matter the time of day or night. And when physician care is recommended, KidAches can direct parents on where to go – all through the simple touch of an iPhone, iPod, or iPad.

The pediatric care guides on KidAches are derived from the telephone protocols used by more than 400 hospitals and health plan-based nurse advice lines and by 90 percent of pediatric practices. And they have been tested on more than 150 million symptom calls, making it a reliable source for parents.

The content is designed with a child’s safety as the highest priority and each care guide is reviewed for accuracy by physicians, specialists and nurses. Plus, the annual review and updates incorporate parent feedback on clarity and ease of use.

Parents and caregivers can follow an easy three-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 manage the child's illnesses and injuries.

KidAches also provides one-touch access to the recommended dosage for common over-the-counter medications. And KidAches provides photos and illustrations (more than 100 in all) to help parents identify symptoms (e.g. rashes), injuries and common causes of bites and stings. First aid illustrations support proper care.

KidAches also offers a telephone directory for The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a directory of pediatricians, and main facility maps. It also enables parents to keep their children’s allergy and medication lists.

KidAches also enables immediate connections to 911, a child’s doctor or a nearby emergency department for those families with phone service.

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About The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital

The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital provides advanced and comprehensive pediatric health care to children and infants. The Children’s Hospital works closely with pediatricians and family practitioners in the community and is supported by 150 general pediatricians and pediatric specialists who have privileges at Saint

Peter’s. As a major teaching hospital, Saint Peter’s provides physicians with access to the latest clinical research and state-of-the-art treatment modalities. For more information about The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, please visit or call 732-745-8600.

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