Books on: Taking Medicine

Books that acknowledge the reluctance that some children have to take medicine.

Topsy and Tim: Go to the Doctor
Author: Jean and Gareth Adamson
Illustrator: Belinda Worsley
How this book may help: Introducing young children to what happens on a typical visit to the doctor. Provides a positive description of taking medicine.
One of a popular series of books featuring boy and girl twins Topsy and Tim. Tim doesn't want... read more

Tags: doctor, health, illness, treatment

How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?
Author: Jane Yolen
Illustrator: Mark Teague
How this book may help: May encourage children who are reluctant to go to the doctor or take medicine to co-operate. Promotes good hygiene practices and contains suggestions for things children can do to look after themselves when they are ill.
The poorly life-size dinosaurs in this simple rhyming tale demonstrate the things they can do to... read more

Tags: illness, health, doctor, co-operation, medicine

Don't You Feel Well, Sam?
Author: Amy Hest
Illustrator: Anita Jeram
How this book may help: Encouraging children to take medicine (the bear in the story is very reluctant to take his at first, but his mother's love and patience wins through in the end).
When little Sam Bear develops a cough at bedtime Mrs. Bear brings cough medicine to him, but Sam is... read more

Tags: health, illness

Rachel Has Eczema
Author: Jenny Leigh
Illustrator: Woody Fox
How this book may help: Informing young children about eczema and how it is commonly treated. Acknowledging the emotional and physical distress some children with skin conditions may experience and providing a positive outcome at the end of the story.
Rachel Rhino and her family have just moved house and are having lunch with the Frog family, their... read more

Tags: illness, health, eczema, treatment

Doctor (First Time)
Illustrator: Jess Stockham
How this book may help: Shows what to expect at the doctors.
The book shows lots of different children experiencing treatment and interaction with the doctor or... read more

Tags: needles, medicine, immunisation, eczema, doctor, asthma, treatment, wheelchair

Asthma (Talking It Through)
Author: Althea
Illustrator: Frances Cony
How this book may help: This book contains lots of information about the causes, symptoms and treatment of asthma. It is positive and realistic in style.
The book opens by emphasising that asthma is not catching. It describes some of the causes... read more

Tags: asthma, doctor, eczema, health, illness, medicine, pet

Nurse Ted: A Children's Guide to Cancer
Author: Ffion Jones and Kerry Foster-Mitchell
Illustrator: Ffion Jones
How this book may help: This is a very useful text, written in a clear and concise way. It might help a child to understand some of the facts about cancer, its diagnosis and treatment. It could also encourage a child to talk about their emotions if they are experiencing a similar situation.
Nurse Ted works at the hospital, and enjoys helping people to feel better if they are unwell -... read more

Tags: cancer, doctor, family, hair, hospital, illness, injections, medicine, mother, serious illness, terminal illness

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