It’s not easy being a parent, but perhaps the biggest challenge that we face is worry.

We worry if our kids have eaten enough, had enough sleep, are feeling happy and perhaps the biggest cause of concern of all is their health.

As a mum of two children under four, I have lost count of the number of runny noses I’ve wiped, tummy bugs I’ve cleaned up after and infections I have nursed them through.

Young children get ill. It’s a fact of parenting, and of course it does ultimately do your kids good. That immune system needs to grow big and strong before they go out into the big, wide world after all!

But that fear that we don’t always understand what’s wrong with our kids – because let’s face it they aren’t the best communicators – is absolutely enough to keep you awake all night.

A Google search of symptoms always yields a lot of results. And let’s be honest, they’re either utterly terrifying or leave us even more confused than before.

When your child is ill you need simple, clear and easy-to-follow advice. Information is key to keeping that worry at bay, and telling us what we should be doing to make our child feel better.

So this is where the Caidr app comes in.

The app is a very simple and quick way of assessing common medical ailments, with a wealth of medical information at your fingertips. And, it’s free to download!

Through a series of questions, Caidr helps you to tell the difference between minor ailments you can take care of at home, or more serious illnesses that require medical help.

It was built by real practitioners from the UK’s healthcare professional, so you know the information you will receive is accurate.

What makes Caidr great

Do you ever panic about whether you should be taking your child to see the GP? Worry that they are going to think you’re being silly?

Of course we all have these worries, and good GPs would rather you were safe than sorry when it comes to your family’s health. But it’s nice to have that extra reassurance that calling the GP is the right thing to do.

So if Caidr finds it doesn’t have a specific diagnosis, or finds that you may have a more serious illness that needs more investigation in person to diagnose, then it advises you to seek attention from your GP, pharmacist or optician. Simple!

Estimates show there are 57 million GP appointments and 3.7 million A&E visits each year for self-treatable conditions. Think about how strained the NHS is, and what a difference it would make to our health service, and us, if we could avoid going to the doctor unless absolutely necessary.

How to use the app

First of all download the Caidr app from the App Store or Google Play. It’s totally free!

Open the app and the home screen will present you with a range of areas of the body, asking you to pinpoint where your physical ailment is.

Once you select a body part/general complaint, you then go through the multiple choice questions, which lead you to a final recommendation or diagnosis.

This could be that you need to see a medical professional in person, or it may give you advice for how to treat the problem at home.

I gave it a try when my little girl was suffering from a middle ear infection recently and it got the assessment exactly right in less than a minute.

My thoughts on Caidr

Busy parents need all of the help they can get. We have enough on our plates when our children fall ill without having a panic about how to care for them.

Caidr offers bite-sized advice and healthcare information at the tap of your finger on your smartphone. It’s extremely straightforward to use, and when you have a million and one things to do that is priceless.

Can an app replace a doctor or other medical health professional? Not right now it can’t, although with the advancements in Artificial Intelligence, who knows? However what this app does is help you to make the right choices for your family.

It can give you peace of mind when you’re worrying about making the right healthcare choices, and it can tell you, quickly and easily, what’s wrong with you or your children based on their symptoms.

For those times when you do treat your family at home, here’s my handy list of what should be in your first aid kit:

What you need in your family first aid kit

O.R.S® Hydration Tablets

Poor hydration levels can occur during illness, through too much sun or after consuming alcohol. Whatever the reason for your hydration levels not being optimised, these soluble tablets can help. They dissolve in water and are one of the most effective ways to rehydrate the body. They are suitable for both adults and kids, plus they are tasty – sold in a range of flavours. The tablets contain a balanced combination of electrolytes, glucose and minerals to replenish the body’s fluids and salts and help maintain a healthy fluid balance whatever you are doing. Hydration tablets are on the World Health Organisation’s List of Essential Medicines, so these are definitely something you should keep a good supply of just in case! They are available in 12 (£3.50) and 24 (£4.99)  tablet tubes from Amazon, Ocado, Morrisons Pharmacy, Tesco, Boots and supermarkets.


My children love the Peppa Pig plasters – it cheers them up after cuts or scrapes quite quickly. Don’t forget plasters for you as well!


Have tablets for adults and a child-specific medication for your children. Always be careful about reading the dosage information for your child’s age before administering any.


Wound dressings

Antiseptic wipes



Insect bite and sting cream




Vinyl gloves

Nappy sacks

So, if you want to save yourself the aggro if scrolling through pages of Google results when your little one, or you, is coming down with something, download the Caidr app and spare yourself the time, and the worry!

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