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Pediatric SymptomMD: The Pocket Pediatrician for Parents On the Go

(April 22, 2009)

PHOENIX, AZ -- (Marketwire) -- 04/22/09 -- New parents, your world has changed forever. With your new baby comes joy, awe and a feeling of connectedness to the universe. And with these feelings, comes new responsibilities: health, safety, proper feeding, and rest for yourselves. The truth is, children get sick an average of 10 times per year from the age of 1 to 5. Most illnesses are minor, but it's important to identify those that require urgent or immediate attention. This pocket pediatrician, based on clinical protocols your pediatrician follows, helps you do that.

Self Care Decisions LLC's recent release of Pediatric SymptomMD, an iPhone/ iPod touch app, is designed to answer questions regarding your child's symptoms, whether they occur evenings, weekends, when you're at work or traveling, or when your doctor's office is closed. Pediatric SymptomMD is a mobile decision support tool to determine how to care for common symptoms and minor injuries, whether they require medical intervention or just a trip to the local pharmacy.

The pediatric content was developed by Barton Schmitt, MD, FAAP, a practicing pediatrician and professor of Pediatrics at Denver Children's Hospital. Schmitt is the author of the clinical protocols published and distributed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and used by over 10,000 physician practices. His protocols are also used by over 400 nurse call lines in North America and have been tested on more than 150 million symptom calls.

Schmitt authored the book, "Your Child's Health," which has been a top-seller for new parents since 1985. But Pediatric SymptomMD is a tool for people on the go. It equips parents to manage their children's health issues, take appropriate steps to relieve symptom discomfort and get on with their routine.

"Pediatricians and parents alike want to provide a speedy recovery, whether that means home remedies or a trip to their doctor's office," Dr. Schmitt explained, "and Pediatric SymptomMD is a proven step in that direction."

Users can navigate three quick steps to:

-- Identify their child's symptoms; -- Decide if they need to Call 911, Go to the Emergency Department, Call their Doctor, or manage the symptoms at home; -- Each care guide provides self care instructions for symptom relief.

With the iPhone application (see demo) parents can immediately connect with 911, their child's physician or locate the closest emergency or urgent care facility through geo-coded mapping.

If the symptoms can be safely managed without physician intervention, the self care instructions include pediatric dosage guides for over-the-counter medicines or home remedies to speed symptom relief. And then you can get back to joy, awe and the positives of parenthood.

Pediatric SymptomMD is available for $1.99.

About Self Care Decisions LLC

Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Self Care Decisions LLC licenses world-class decision support care guides for use by consumers via Internet and mobile applications throughout North America. More than 10,000 hospitals, health plans and physician practices use their evidence-based content to support their patients and plan members with decision-making tools and self care knowledge. The content is updated annually, based upon recent medical literature, national guidelines, quality improvement projects, research, expert reviews and feedback from users. For more information, visit or the application website,

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