The Well Child app app helps New Zealand parents create a health record for their child (0-5 years). 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. It also allows you to record your child's growth details such as their height and weight. The app underwent a major upgrade in July 2018, with a new easy-to-follow layout and now includes a large amount of information from various New Zealand sources. Examples of the features in the app are:
Immunisation: information on the National immunisation schedule, your child's immunisation schedule based on their age and information on immunisation.
First aid: information on how to deal with common first aid and emergency situations in babies and children such as CPR, choking, burns, asthma, meningitis, diarrhoea and vomiting, etc
Child assessment: details of what to expect at the various assessments during your infants development such as in the first week, 4-6 weeks, 8-10 weeks, 3-4 months, etc.
Child safety: handy tips on how to keep your toddler safe such as car safety, infant mental health, infectious diseases, etc
Moving and playing: tips on the kinds of physical activity and play babies and toddlers need to be healthy.
Learning and development: includes a range of topics such as breastfeeding, bottle feeding, postnatal depression, toilet training, speech and language, etc
Safe sleep: information on creating a safe sleeping environment for your baby and protecting your baby from SUDI.
Health eating: information on how to give your baby and toddler the right nutrition.
Wellbeing: information on bonding, and getting to know your baby.
Sun safety: how to protect your baby and toddler from the sun including information on sunscreen.
Oral health: tips on how to care for your child's teeth.
Healthy weight: ways to help your child achieve a healthy weight.
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.
✔ Large amount of very useful child health information taken from a variety of New Zealand sources.
✔ Height, weight and BMI centile tracking in a graph format. It uses the international WHO data which is what the Well Child book uses (due to there being no NZ specific data).
✔ Track immunisations and see when they are due.
✔ Digital “phone book” to store contact details for your child’s care team.
✘ The measurement section could be improved: *The centile tracking is graphed only, you can’t see the actual values. * It doesn’t alert you to any potential problems such as if your child is crossing centiles. * You can’t adjust for prematurity. * You can’t track head circumference.
✘ There is a notification section, but the page was blank on my two test devices.
Reviewer: Dr Jeremy Steinberg, GP Date of review: January 2019 Comments: "This is a polished and professionally developed child health app. The developers have collated a large amount of useful information taken from various New Zealand sources. You can also register your child/ren on the app and see when immunisations are due and track height, weight and BMI centiles. There is some room for improvement in the measurement section and the notification section didn’t seem to be working. An export data function would also be useful. Overall, I would definitely recommend this to all parents with babies and young children to use along with their Well Child books." New Zealand relevance: Highly relevant, developed specifically for New Zealand.
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”.