This app is aimed at teaching children about eczema and why emollients (moisturising creams) are such an important part of treatment. Using colourful graphics and through a series of fun games, children can learn the best way to apply their own emollient. A reward system encourages children to practice good emollient use. The app has a separate 'parent' section which provides information about eczema and emollients, and has a diary function to record information about their child's eczema and input photos to share with their healthcare provider. For a more detailed description of the app, see App website or iTunes and for a detailed review, see Reviews.
✔ Allows you to record a treatment plan with your doctor or on your own.
✔ The app alerts you when it is time to apply a moisturiser.
✔ Contains good, basic information about moisturisers.
✔ You can save pictures and notes to the calendar.
✔ Activities for kids including a sticker chart and a mini game where you moisturise the animals.
✔ Slick, nice looking app, with separate parent and child sections.
✘ The app only relates to moisturisers – you cannot plan and record a steroid treatment programme which does limit its use. Steroids are important in eczema management for flares. It probably isn't a coincidence that the sponsor of this app only makes moisturisers, not steroids.
✘ You can't highlight days on the calendar, which would be useful for tracking flares.
✘ The app is UK-based – there is no New Zealand relevant information on moisturisers and steroids in terms of what is available here.
Date of review: August 2016 Platform reviewed: Android App version: 0.2.0 Download size: 14.9 MB
Reviewer:Dr Jeremy Steinberg, GP, RNZCGP August 2016 Comment: "This app is most useful for children with eczema and their caregivers – it provides reminders and reinforcements on emollient use." Safety concerns: "None" New Zealand relevance: " This app is UK-based. In New Zealand, we don't tend to recommend bath moisturisers very frequently. It was noted that the sponsor of the app produces bath moisturisers. There is no New Zealand relevant information on moisturisers and steroids in terms of what is available here. Also, this app uses the word emollient, where we use the word moisturiser."
The formal app review is based on the Mobile App Rating Scale (MARS) developed by researchers at Queensland University of Technology, Australia.(1) It is designed to score apps on a few comprehensive dimensions – engagement, functionality, aesthetics, and information quality. Each dimension comprises several items which are rated on a 5-point scale from “1. Inadequate” to “5. Excellent”.