An app by the Nelson Marlborough DHB, to track your baby's health progress and set reminders for their health checks and appointments.
What does the app do?
The Well Child app app helps parents to create a health record for their child. By entering your child's date of birth, the app uses the device calendar to automatically set reminders for important dates like Well Child checkups and immunisations. The app also allows you to record your child's growth details such as height, weight and head circumference, so that you can track growth and changes. You can store contact details for anyone involved in supporting a family and child —midwife, Well Child provider, GP, hospital and dental care.
The app is designed to be used alongside the Well Child Tamariki Ora My Health book (also known as the Plunket book). For a more detailed description of the app, see App website and for a detailed review, see Reviews.
✔ You can set up your child's or children's immunisation schedule, so you can receive alerts on due dates (this is synced with your device calendar)
✔ App features work well, timely response, simple design and relatively easy to learn how to use.
✔ Provides links to a range of useful New Zealand specific resources and websites.
✔ Co-designed (consumer input).
✘ While the information provided is important, at times it was too lengthy. Short bite sized information may have been suffice.
✘ Parents will find it difficult to interpret their child’s weight and height in the graphs provided. Perhaps an opportunity to explain how and why parents would need use this feature.
✘ The health promotion tips would be easier to read if placed in alphabetical order.
✘ While there are lots of useful contacts for services and providers, there is no contact page to contact the app project manager if there were concerns with the app/information. The only link provided is to the app developers.
Privacy and security
Parents/users would need to register their child’s name and date of birth in order to activate immunisation reminders synced with their child’s age. Read more about things you can do to improve your safety and security when using apps.
Date of review: July 2018
Platform reviewed: Android
App version: 1.2.2
Download size: 57.27 MB
Reviewer: Amio Ikihele, Innovations Lead, Moana Research
Date of review: July 2018
Review: "The app provides important health and development information for parents and caregivers of children 0-5 years. It is free to download and can be used alongside the Well Child Tamariki Ora, My Health Book. It is useful for parents, grandparents and caregivers. There is a variety of information provided with links to appropriate websites and phone numbers. You can create and personalise your child/ren’s profile with their birthdate and photo. You can also set up your child/ren immunisation schedule, so you can receive alerts on due dates (this is synced with your device calendar)."
New Zealand relevance: This app is very relevant for New Zealand parents.
This 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”.
Read more about the MARS scale.
The mean score is the mean of two independent reviewers' ratings:
|Engagement (5 items)
|Functionality (4 items)
|Aesthetics (3 items)
|Information (7 items)
|App quality mean Score
- Stoyanov SR, Hides L, Kavanagh DJ, et al. Mobile app rating scale: a new tool for assessing the quality of health mobile apps. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2015 Mar 11;3(1):e27. doi: 10.2196/mhealth.3422.