This post is in partnership with OnCure.
Getting children to take their medicine is not always easy, and tracking what they took and when you gave it to them makes it even trickier. OnCure ™, a new app created by a fellow mom, helps parents solve the problem of incorrect dosing of over-the-counter (OTC) fever reducers. It was even featured on the NBC morning news. This easy-to-use tool is a simple and reliable way to manage and track OTC medicines like ibuprofen or acetaminophen, and we’re spreading the word here and on San Francisco Moms Blog because we want to help all parents keep their kids safe.
Did you know that parents in the United States make mistakes dispensing OTC fever reducers once every eight minutes? The actual number is probably even higher than that since this statistic is only based on the calls coming into poison control centers. It’s easy to see how mistakes like this can happen. Tending to sick children is stressful and often results in a loss of sleep for parents. When we’re tired and distracted, our chances for misreading a label, dosing a medication too soon, or miscommunicating with other caregivers increases. Factor in having to administer additional medicines or caring for multiple sick kids and the odds of an error go up.
With OnCure, you don’t need to calculate doses, set reminders, track doses, write notes, or update other caregivers. The app does it all for you. You can even add the dosing instructions for additional medications your child is taking (like an antibiotic) to have that included in the schedule. I grew up working in a pharmacy, so I feel the need to remind you here that you should always ask your doctor or pharmacist whether it’s safe to combine OTC fever reducers with your child’s other medications and also let them know if your child has any allergies to medication. OnCure’s primary purpose is to track OTC fever reducers, not flag potential drug interactions.
The tool is intuitive to use, and a board-certified pediatrician reviewed its functions to ensure they strictly adhere to medical guidelines. The dosing instructions are displayed in a clear, simple way every time to reduce the risk of mistakes, and the unique scheduling feature is flexible and dynamic to account for changes in the time gaps between dosages or a change in medication. This app seamlessly updates the future schedule based on changes, eliminating the need for you to preset reminders, and it also syncs the schedule with other caregivers, keeping you all on the same page no matter who’s home with the kids.
OnCure may not be able to help you get your kids to take their medicine, but it can help you give it to them safely. Download OnCure for free from the App Store (an Android version is in the works) so you have it ready the next time your child is under the weather.