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Childhood Illnesses

Taking Medicine

Swallowing medicine in pill form is an important life skill for children to learn. This can be a tricky new skill to learn.

For children and young people, pills are less sickly, contain less sugar and children who swallow pills find it easier to stay on track with their medication. The pills also have a longer shelf life and do not need to be stored in the fridge.

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Pill Swallowing Podcasts

In this series of educational podcasts, produced with Kidzmed, Dr Emma Lim chats with colleagues at the Great North Children's Hospital in Newcastle to explore what's gone well and what they can learn...

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The secret of pill swallowing

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Benefits of pill swallowing

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The secret life of pharmacists

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Daniel's story

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Downloads

Pill Swallowing Technique Comic

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Certificate For Children

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Leaflets For Carers

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Who can Help?

If you have any questions about your child taking medicine in pill form, or they are finding it too difficult please contact your GP practice or speak to the pharmacy.

You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you are 11-19 you can text Chathealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of the Healthy Child Programme team.

You can speak to other Norfolk parents and carers by clicking our online community forum below.

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