Special Report: Child Safety Apps

All around the country, kids are back in the gym, the playground and on the field, playing hard.

Sometimes, too hard.

But now, coaches and parents have some help deciding just how hurt a child might be – especially when it comes to head trauma. Smart phones and tablets now carry the concussion app, which runs through symptoms and signs to let you know when it’s an emergency.

“If I’m already familiar with some of the symptoms, I believe the checklist feature is brilliant,” School coach Jay Ingram said.

“You can touch the app in order to call 911 and while you’re doing so it runs thru a laundry list of questions so you can provide the medical professionals with some information about what’s happened upon their arrival,” Leticia Barr of TechSavvyMama.com said.

The concussion app is just one of several designed to help with child safety.

With a son allergic to ant and bug bites, Lori Hardegree makes sure all the adults near her son have the epi-pen app. the app provides a how-to that could save her son’s life.

“We’ve sent it to the school, to his teachers, scout leaders, coaches for sporting events, grandparents,” Hardegree said.

Hardegree also uses the app from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
It’s a favorite for tech savvy mama’s like Leticia Barr.

“That is a wealth of information, just like their website is, but it’s a portable format that provides info pertaining to your child’s health,” Barr said.

School nurse Lola Settle depends on the app at work and at home.

“I think we could incorporate the use of these apps into the daily routine at the clinic because not all schools have medical personnel,” Settle said. “They don’t all have a nurse.”

There’s also the ICE app to help on the go.

“ICE stands for in case of emergency and ice is really a place where you can enter in a wealth of info about your family’s medical history.you can enter in insurance information,” Settle said. “you can enter in blood type, allergies, past medical history.”

Another app that allows you to store information about your child is from the FBI, and can instantly help if your child goes missing.

“You can take a picture of your child, upload it, store info about your child, there too,” Barr said.

But when dealing with your family’s medical information, make sure your phone is password protected.

“You need to be cautious about the kinds of information you’re sharing on your phone about your family,” Barr said.

And one more warning.

“Certainly it’s not something that should be used as a substitution for medical advice, but you know worried parents, it’s something that provides a lot of convenience and a little bit of peace of mind,” Barr said.

“The only down side I can see is if you’re relying too much on the app and not taking seeing the doctor when obviously it’s something that’s important to take them in for,” Hardegree said.

It is critical to keep in mind these apps are not intended to replace professional advice.

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