Voice-activated app gives dose for acetaminophen, ibuprofen
Mark M.Simonian, M.D., FAAP
When an infant or toddler is in pain from an ear infection or has a fever, it can
be stressful. Parents may know it is safe to give young children an over-the-counter
pain reliever, but may not remember the appropriate dose. And it’s not always convenient
to log into their child’s portal or wait for a call back from the pediatrician’s office.
Parents and caregivers can use the free Drug Dose Helper application to determine
the dosing of acetaminophen or ibuprofen based on the child’s weight in pounds.
This is a free Google Assistant app. Google Assistant is a free voice-controlled,
virtual assistant that works on many devices, including Android, iOS and Microsoft
smartphones, and hardware like the Home or Home-mini.
To use the app, parents would activate Google Assistant and say, “Ask Drug Dose Helper.”
The voice-controlled assistant will ask what medication they plan to use and how many
whole pounds the child weighs. It then provides the medication dose.
Dr. Simonian is a member of the AAP Council on Clinical Information Technology and
creator of the app.
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