App review: eRedbook

The new digital version of the 'red book' child development record will enable healthcare professionals to manage children's healthcare and enter information from a desktop, tablet or smartphone.

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The NHS recently launched a digital version of the personal child health record, 'the red book'. It aims to replace the handheld book given to new parents to manage their child's health between 0-5 years and hopes that having the record digitally will facilitate better communication between parents and health professionals.    

Rolled out across London, healthcare professionals will be able to manage children's healthcare and remotely access and enter information from a desktop, tablet or smartphone.

It will also help parents record and manage information about their child's development online from 28 weeks pregnant. They can keep their own personal notes and photos of their child’s growth and development and jot down questions to ask a health professional at the next visit.

The eRedbook includes information on immunisations, weight/height charts, developmental firsts and important contacts. It contains practical information for new parents, including links to relevant videos. The online Redbook also features appointment updates and reminders. It will be of most use to parents, enabling them to plot their child's health and raise any concerns with health professionals.

Reviewed by Layla Haidrani

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