7 App Alternatives to Doctor Google
It's late and one of the kids has a fever or you suspect they are sick because something just seems "off." You can't call your doctor's office and doing a Google-search just scared the crap out of you. Here are 7 helpful alternate ways to get answers to your questions. Please note these suggestions are ideal for non-emergency situations.
Photo Credit: WebMD Baby on iTunes
I frequently use the web version of WebMD to check symptoms or look up health or medical information. Now you can easily access that information on your phone with the WebMD app, WebMD Pregnancy app or WebMD Baby app. It does more than just provide information about potential illnesses, you can also use it to log activity or track milestones. The WebMD Baby app is free on iTunes and Andrioid.
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The Portable Pediatrician
I have a physical copy of Dr. Sears’ The Portable Pediatrician. It came in handy for me during my first year as a mom. I’d look through it even when there weren’t any symptoms just to learn, but it was nice to get an idea of what needed to be called about now or could wait until regular office hours. The app on iTunes basically puts the book on your phone in an easy-to-search way for $9.99. The book is also available for purchase at the Google Play store for Android users.
Photo Credit: Doctor on Demand on iTunes
Doctor on Demand
Ever wish you could have a doctor answer your questions whenever and wherever you wanted? The Doctor on Demand app is making that possible. It’s free to download from iTunes and Google Play, but there is a service fee of $40 for a 15 minute call. You enter your symptoms, medications and any allergies before talking with a doctor. It’s ideal for non-emergency situations and questions without waiting for an appointment or sitting in a waiting room.
Photo Credit: iTriage on iTunes
iTriage is an app that was created by two ER physicians. Use the symptom checker to find out possible causes, find a place to go for treatment and even book an appointment all from your phone. You can also look up information such as medication side effects. iTriage is available for free on both iTunes and Android.
Photo Credit: First Opinion on iTunes
First Opinion is an app that matches you with a doctor that you can text anytime with questions for free. It’s unique for parents because it matches you with a doctor who is also a mom. All the doctors have experience with pregnancy, lactation, child development and more. First Opinion is available iTunes.
Photo Credit: AskMD on iTunes
Use AskMD’s symptom checker or look up information on how to manage a condition you currently have. One nice feature is that it will summarize your symptom information so you don’t forget anything when you meet with your doctor. You can also search for a local doctor, if needed. Sign up for free to use AskMD on ShareCare or download it from iTunes.
Photo Credit: KidsLink
The main benefit of using KidsLink is having a central place to store your family’s medical information. It makes it convenient to access your information on-the-go and share important information (such as allergies or medications) with other caregivers. Have a quick question? KidsLink can connect you with nurses and doctors in your community to answer urgent questions or help you find a specialist. Sign up for a KidsLink account online then get access on your iPhone or iPad. If you don’t have an iOS device, you can still use the web version.
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