Care in Your Neighborhood

It’s true what they say: healthcare should fix an arm and a leg, not cost it. The good news is you can now say goodbye to long waiting times and expensive healthcare! We’re excited to announce our partnership with TIBU Health clinic to make healthcare affordable and accessible to everyone, regardless of their location or financial status.

Better yet, no more guessing if that over-the-counter medication is right for you. With TIBU Health’s medical clinics conveniently located within Goodlife Pharmacy, you can now consult a doctor for as low as KES 500 before making a purchase. This ensures that you receive the right medication for your condition, tailored specifically to your needs.

Taking the wrong medication can sometimes do more harm than good, and having a professional consultation means you can avoid unnecessary side effects and interactions. Plus, you’ll avoid those awkward pharmacy conversations where you try to pronounce the medical terms you saw on the internet.

From medical check-ups to laboratory tests and antenatal care, the clinics offer a wide range of services to cater to your needs. Whether it’s a sudden cold, an injury, or a serious condition, having access to a healthcare professional means you get the correct diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan. This can save you time, money, and most importantly, your health.

You can conveniently access TIBU Health clinic services at these locations:

● Goodlife Pharmacy, Lake Oil Petrol Petrol Station.
● Goodlife Pharmacy, Kahawa Sukari.
● Goodlife Pharmacy, Harambee Avenue.

Walk in or call 0111 151 200 to book an appointment. We’re here to make sure you get the all-inclusive care you need to keep you and your family happy and healthy. We hope to care for you soon!

From Bump to Baby: Your Antenatal Care Journey

Woo Hoo, congratulations – you have a little bun in the oven! Get your pregnancy off to a healthy start by scheduling your first antenatal clinic appointment at Tibu Health.
Antenatal care is the care you get from health professionals during your pregnancy.
The doctor providing your antenatal care will:
● Check the health of you and your baby.
● Give you useful information to help you have a healthy pregnancy, including advice about healthy eating and exercise.
● Discuss your options and choices for your care during pregnancy.
● Answer any questions you may have.
It’s best to see a GP or obstetrician/gynecologist as early as possible to get the information you need about having a healthy pregnancy. Here’s what to look forward to in your first appointment:
● Your doctor will give you written information about how many appointments you’re likely to have and when they’ll happen. If you’re expecting your first child, you’ll have up to 10 antenatal appointments. If you have had a baby before, you’ll have around 7 appointments, but sometimes you may have more – for example, if you develop a medical condition.
● Your doctor will record and add your details at each appointment. These are your maternity notes.
● To ensure you get the best pregnancy care, your doctor will ask you many questions about your and your family’s health and preferences.
● Your doctor will carry out some antenatal checks and tests, some of which will be done throughout your pregnancy, such as urine tests and blood pressure checks. The results may affect your choices later in pregnancy, so it’s important not to miss them.

Waiting times in clinics can vary and waiting a long time for an appointment can be particularly difficult. At Tibu Health, you’re assured of the best possible environment, with spaces as comfy as your living room and timely appointments. In addition to offering excellent laboratory services, Tibu has partnered with Goodlife to ensure you leave with your medication, making your visit truly all-inclusive.

Throughout the month of May, Tibu Health is offering discounted antenatal tests to moms-to-be at all its clinics. The clinics are located at My Town Mall, Karen, Prof. Nelson Awori, Upper Hill, and Kahawa Sukari, opposite Quickmart, inside Goodlife Pharmacy. Call 0111 151 200 to book an appointment.


Navigating Wellness through Every Life Stage

As women, our health is a dynamic journey that evolves through different life stages. From the exuberance of youth to the wisdom of maturity, each phase brings its own set of unique challenges and triumphs.

We explore the distinct health considerations women face at various life stages and provide actionable tips to empower you in navigating wellness through every chapter.

  1. Embracing Adolescence

Challenges: Hormonal changes, menstrual health, and body image concerns.

Tip: Foster open communication about puberty, encourage regular exercise for menstrual health, and promote a positive body image through self-love and acceptance.

  1. Reproductive Years

Challenges: Menstrual health, family planning, and hormonal changes.

Tip: Prioritize regular gynecological check-ups, explore various birth control options with a healthcare professional, and maintain a balanced diet to support hormonal balance.

  1. Motherhood and Pregnancy

Challenges: Pre- and post-natal care, mental health, and balancing career and family.

Tip: Seek prenatal care early, prioritize mental health through self-care and support networks, and communicate openly with employers about work-life balance.

  1. Perimenopause and Menopause

Challenges: Hormonal changes, bone health, and mental well-being.

Tip: Stay active for bone health, discuss hormone replacement therapy options with a healthcare provider, and prioritize mental health through mindfulness practices.

  1. Golden Years

Challenges: Bone health, heart health, and overall well-being.

Tip: Engage in weight-bearing exercises for bone health, maintain a heart-healthy diet, and stay socially connected to support mental and emotional well-being.

Navigating the journey together

Regardless of the life stage, a few universal principles can guide women on their wellness journey:

  1. Prioritizing regular health checks – Regular screenings and check-ups are essential for early detection and prevention of health issues.
  2. Staying Pro-active – Incorporate physical activity into your routine, whether it’s walking, dancing, or engaging in a favourite sport.
  3. Nourish your body – Maintain a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.
  4. Mind your mental health – Prioritize mental health through mindfulness, stress management, and seeking support when needed.
  5. Build a support system – Cultivate relationships with friends, family, and healthcare professionals who can provide support and guidance.

In conclusion, empowering women’s health is not a one-size-fits-all journey. It’s about embracing the unique challenges and victories at each life stage, armed with knowledge, support, and a commitment to self-care. By navigating wellness together, women can lead fulfilling, healthy lives at every turn.

Here’s to empowering and celebrating women’s health through every life stage!


For the Heart ♥️♥️

Feb is the month of prioritizing your heart health. We’ll delve into the importance of heart health and strategies for maintaining a strong and healthy heart.  Understand common risk factors to exploring effective dietary and exercise choices, we have you covered.

Get ready to learn, implement, and embark on a journey towards a healthier heart!

Statistically, Heart disease is a leading cause of death worldwide, making it crucial to understand its risk factors. While some risk factors, such as age and family history, are beyond our control, many lifestyle choices influence heart health.

i.e. smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, obesity, and diabetes are common risk factors that can be managed effectively.

By making positive changes to our daily habits, we can reduce the risk of heart disease and improve overall cardiovascular health. This includes:

  • Include a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins in your diet, and use healthier cooking oils, such as olive oil.
  • Engage in regular physical activity, aiming for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity weekly exercise.
  • Practice stress-reducing activities like meditation, yoga, deep breathing exercises, or mindfulness.
  • Set aside time for hobbies and activities that bring joy and relaxation
  • If you smoke, quit. Smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation. Limit intake to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men.
  • Aim for a body mass index (BMI) within the recommended range. You can take a BMI test for FREE at a Goodlife store near you.
  • Focus on gradual, sustainable weight loss if overweight, with healthy eating and regular exercise.
  • Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night and establish a consistent sleep routine and create a comfortable sleep environment.
  • Regularly check and monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. These tests are available at a Goodlife store near you.
  • Drink an adequate amount of water daily to support overall health.
  • Limit sugary and caffeinated beverages.
  • Be aware of your family’s history of heart disease and share this information with your healthcare provider.
  • Schedule regular check-ups with your healthcare provider and follow recommended screenings and tests for early detection and prevention.
  • Reduce the consumption of processed and packaged foods high in salt, sugar, and unhealthy fats. Opt for whole, unprocessed foods whenever possible.


Taking care of your heart health is one of the most important things you can do for your overall well-being. By understanding the risk factors associated with heart disease and making positive changes to your lifestyle, you can significantly reduce your risk and improve your cardiovascular health.

Remember to prioritize a healthy diet, incorporate regular exercise into your routine, manage stress effectively, and seek regular check-ups and screenings. This can be done at a Goodlife store near you. By adopting these habits and making them a part of your daily life, you can take charge of your heart health and enjoy a long and healthy life.

To start implementing these tips and embark on your journey towards a healthier heart today, reach out to us at 0715 703 00.


A Fresh Start…

A Fresh Start…

The dawn of a new year brings with it a canvas of possibilities—a chance to reimagine our lifestyles, prioritize our health, and strike a harmonious balance between our professional and personal lives.

As we step into this new year, let’s explore some effective strategies to cultivate healthier habits and foster a consistent work-life balance routine that nourishes both the body and mind.

  1. Physical activity: Movement is the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. Embrace physical activity as a daily ritual; it doesn’t have to be strenuous—anything from a morning walk to a dance session in your living room counts.
  2. Healthy nutrition: Nourishing your body with the right foods is a form of self-care. Aim for a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Explore new recipes this new year as well.
  3. Nurturing mental wellness: In our fast-paced lives, mental health often takes a backseat. Incorporating mindfulness practices like meditation, breathing exercises, or moments of quiet reflection can work wonders for reducing stress and enhancing mental clarity.
  4. Crafting a balanced work-life routine: Setting realistic goals and priorities is fundamental. It’s about quality, not quantity. Define achievable goals for work and personal life and structure your day accordingly. Delegate tasks when possible and learn to say no when necessary.

Consistency is key. Create a routine that suits your lifestyle—one that accommodates work, relaxation, exercise, and social activities. A well-designed routine fosters discipline and reduces stress.

As you embark on this journey of adopting healthier habits and refining your work-life balance, remember, it’s about progress, not perfection. Small, consistent steps lead to lasting changes.

Strive for progress, not perfection this new year………


                                                                                                                 Happy New Year!!

The Importance of Self-Monitoring Blood Glucose

Managing blood glucose levels is key to maintaining overall health, especially for individuals dealing with diabetes. Self-monitoring plays a crucial role in this journey, empowering patients to take charge of their well-being.

Let’s delve into the importance of self-monitoring and how it can positively impact your health. Self-testing is important for the following reasons:

  • Early detection: catch health changes early, preventing complications
  • Evaluate treatment: see what works best for you and adjust accordingly
  • Self-empowerment: this will help the patient take an active role in their health decisions
  • Improved Life: manage health better for a balanced, fulfilling life

Blood sugar level targets are individualized in order to prevent the risk of hypoglycemia (too low levels of blood sugar) or other adverse effects associated with blood sugar control that is too tight.

Your blood sugar range depends on age, lifestyle, and overall health. Self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) involves regularly testing your blood sugar levels using a glucometer. It provides real-time information about how your body responds to food, physical activity, medications, and overall lifestyle choices.

When to check blood sugar levels:

  • Before meals
  • Two hours after meals
  • Before bedtime
  • Before and after exercise
  • When feeling unwell

How do you use a blood sugar meter?

  1. Make sure the meter is clean and ready to use
  2. After removing a test strip, immediately close the test strip container tightly. Test strips can be damaged if they are exposed to moisture
  1. Wash your hands with soap and warm water. Dry well. Massage your hand to get blood into your finger. Don’t use alcohol because it dries the skin too much
  2. Use a lancet to prick your finger. Squeezing from the base of the finger, gently place a small amount of blood onto the test strip. Place the strip in the meter
  3. After a few seconds, the reading will appear. Track and record your results. Add notes about anything that might have made the reading out of your target range, such as food, activity, etc.
  4. Properly dispose of the lancet and strip it in a trash container
  5. Do not share blood sugar monitoring equipment, such as lancets, with anyone, even other family members
  6. Store test strips in the container provided. Do not expose them to moisture, extreme heat, or cold temperatures


Self-monitoring blood glucose levels is a powerful tool in diabetes management. It’s more than just a test; it’s your window to understanding your body. By embracing self-monitoring, you’re taking proactive steps toward a healthier, more empowered lifestyle.

Remember, Goodlife, your healthcare provider is your best ally in this journey. Together, we create a monitoring routine that suits your needs and helps you lead a fulfilling, balanced life.

For details on how to get self-test kits and a FREE test at any of our stores contact us on 0715 703 000.






Headaches in Babies and Small Children

We talk in general terms about headaches, what they are, and how to deal with them here, but headaches in small babies and small children deserve special attention. In this article, we will look at the symptoms and causes of headaches in children before the hormonal changes that come with puberty – from birth to about 10 or 11 years old.

What is a headache?

People – adults, children, and babies – have a headache when we feel pain or discomfort in our heads and/or around our faces. Because there are no pain nerves in the brain, it is not the brain that hurts, but rather we experience pain in the nerves and blood vessels in the jaw, neck, or head muscles. Babies and children can experience headache pain on one part of the head, they can be once off or more frequent.1 About 20% of school-age children and teens get frequent headaches. Mostly, these are tension headaches, but some children do struggle with migraines which can get worse when they become teenagers2 and which we will discuss in more detail in another article.

Doctors don’t entirely understand what causes headache pain, but they do recognize a range of different types of headache pain – up to 150.3

That sounds more terrifying than it is because, in most cases, what the doctors call primary headaches, are often nothing to worry about. Children, like adults, develop these headaches if they’re stressed, tired, or hungry. Usually, they go away – without medication. Headaches that are associated with an illness and/or conditions like influenza, hay fever, or injuries are known as secondary headaches and may require treatment (see below, when should I take my child to the doctor for a headache?).

There are four types of primary headache: tension headache, which we’ve already mentioned, migraines, chronic headaches, and cluster headaches. The latter two are not common in small children, and cluster headaches hardly ever occur in children under 10 years old.

How do I know if my little one has a headache?

Small children who can already speak will say something like, “Mamma, my head hurts!” or hold their heads and say, “Sore!” However, before they talk, babies use other signs to tell you their heads hurt. For example, they may cover their eyes or put their hands up, over their ears. Similarly, and like when they have a temperature, they may be sleepy and less active than usual and/or not interested in feeding.

Older children with headaches may not say they have a sore head, but be quieter than usual. So when you notice that your child is out of sorts, perhaps checking whether his/her head hurts is an excellent place to start.

Paediatric Migraines

Children can get migraines: in boys, they can start as early as 7 years old, and at around 10 for girls. Usually, there’s a family history of migraines, often with similar triggers. Children who have the gene for migraines may develop migraines when they get older.4 The typical symptoms of migraine in children, similar to adults, include:5

  • Throbbing pain in the head
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sensitivity to bright light and noise
  • Aura, or seeing bright or flashing lights6
  • Paler skin than usual

How to help your child when she has a migraine

In addition to any prescribed migraine medication, encourage your child to quietly relax and rest in her room with the curtains closed and with a cold or warm cloth on her forehead. You could also help her to focus on her breathing with deep, calm breaths.

Children, stress, and tension headaches

We often forget that children, as we do, get stressed. Emotional conflict, as well as lack of sleep, hunger, and thirst, can all cause headaches. Again, some of the symptoms are the same as tension headaches in adults.

Stress and mental or emotional conflict can cause tension headaches that creep up on anyone – including children. Bullying at school or fighting with friends or even brothers and sisters could easily cause a tension headache. While every child may experience symptoms differently, here are some questions based on the most typical symptoms of a tension headache, and which you can ask your child:

  • Is your head sore on one side or both?
  • Are you uptight and clenching your jaw a lot?
  • Does it feel like you have something tight wrapped around your head?
  • Where else does it hurt? The back of your head, the neck?
  • How bad is the pain?

The pain with tension headaches is usually mild rather than severe.

In addition to these questions, you might also think about the following possible changes or events that be one of the causes of your child’s headache:

  • How has s/he been sleeping? Not getting enough, having bad dreams?
  • Is s/he drinking enough liquids? Could s/he be dehydrated?
  • Is s/he eating properly and not skipping meals?

Symptoms, like nausea and vomiting that are typical of migraine headaches, are not associated with tension headaches.

How to relieve your child’s tension headache

In addition to medication, or before resorting to medication, which we discuss below, help your child to relax by getting him/her to lie down with the head on a pillow (slightly raised). Sometimes a cold or warm cloth on the forehead helps as does a warm bath or shower.7

When should I take my child to the doctor for a headache?

Mothers have good instincts about their children and will know when to consult a medical practitioner about their child’s headaches. The most obvious is if the child often has headaches – for no reasons that you or she can identify. Also, if the headache doesn’t go away, comes back, and/or gets worse, take your child to the doctor.

Also, take your child to the hospital, if your child has a headache and if she:

  • Has a temperature/fever
  • Has a stiff neck
  • Has pain in the back of the head
  • Has difficulty seeing, or cannot see
  • Is vomiting
  • Has any weakness in her muscles
  • Has any symptoms that wake them up in the middle of the night

In the case of secondary headaches, that comes with a cold or flu, mum tends to know best. However, if your child has any head or neck trauma, whether it’s a nasty scratch, cut, bump or bruise, it’s a good idea to take your child to the emergency room. This way if there is brain damage or some other problem, it is quickly dealt with.8


What medicines are used for children’s headaches?

As we have already noted, children’s headaches don’t always need to be treated. However, if your child is very uncomfortable, there are over-the-counter pain killers like Cipladon 500mg (paracetamol) and ibuprofen that you can use. Before you give your child medicine, do remember that the dosages for children are based on their age and weight, so it’s best to do so under medical supervision.

If your child has been diagnosed with migraine, it’s possible that your pediatrician will prescribe one of the following medications:9

  • Rizatriptan (Maxalt), for children between 6 and 17
  • Propranolol – unless your child has asthma, diabetes, or depression.
  • Topiramate, which is an anti-seizure drug that is as effective as propranolol
  • Amitriptyline, which is an antidepressant often taken at bedtime, can help to prevent migraine and tension headaches

Disclaimer: For the above-listed non-over-the-counter medications require diagnosis and a prescription from your medical practitioner.


Disclaimer: The information on this site should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care or advice. Contact a health care provider if you have questions about your health.


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Empowering Health: Goodlife Pharmacy Joins Forces with HealthX for Instant Access to Affordable Telemedical Care

Goodlife Pharmacy Ltd, the fastest growing pharmacy and health hub in East Africa has partnered with HealthX Africa, a fully equipped, and virtual medical facility that offers health care consultation, mental health counseling, and wellness services.

Under the agreement, Goodlife will unveil to its users unlimited telemedical care provided by HealthX Medical Doctors at an extremely affordable cost of KES 250 per consultation.

Goodlife Pharmacy has built the foundation of a Professional Pharmacy, Health and beauty chain, to enable East Africans to start living the Goodlife! By increasing access to reliable medication at affordable prices, Goodlife Pharmacy is having a direct impact on the quality of life and wellness of East Africa’s increasingly affluent population. Goodlife has been endorsed by The Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya, through their Green Cross Audit, as the best pharmacy practice in the country. This is in recognition of Goodlife’s ongoing commitment to excellence in pharmacy practice and standards. The Goodlife approach to quality pharmaceuticals, use of innovative technologies across their stores, and customer-centric approach is revolutionizing how healthcare is delivered in East Africa.

Recently upgraded inventory management systems coupled with e-commerce services have enabled Goodlife to meet customers’ expectations efficiently and quickly nationwide, providing health, pharmacy, and beauty products conveniently to its valued customers. For HealthX Africa’s dedicated team, who are committed to delivering exceptional telemedical services around the clock, the convenience is unparalleled.

HealthX platform allows users to access unlimited healthcare consultation, mental health consultation, and nutrition/ wellness services from wherever they are, and whenever they want (day or night, 7 days a week), only visiting a hospital when physical visits are necessary. The telemedical service can be taken up by companies too, meaning a reduction in employee absenteeism, improved sick leave support, and increased overall workforce productivity and physical and mental wellbeing.



Diabetes Wellness: A Holistic Approach

In today’s fast-paced world, maintaining our health is paramount. One health condition that is becoming increasingly prevalent is diabetes. This chronic disease affects millions of people worldwide and can have a significant impact on their quality of life.

In this comprehensive article, we will delve into the various facets of diabetes, from its causes and symptoms to the most effective treatment options available. We will also explore practical lifestyle changes that can help you better manage your diabetes and enhance your overall well-being.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar levels. When we consume food, it is broken down into glucose, which is used by our cells as a source of energy. Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, helps transport glucose from the bloodstream into the cells. In people with diabetes, the body either does not produce enough insulin or cannot effectively use the insulin it produces.

There are three main types of diabetes:

  • Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.
  • Type 2 diabetes is the most common type and occurs when the body becomes resistant to insulin or does not produce enough insulin.
  • Gestational diabetes develops during pregnancy and usually resolves after childbirth.

Causes and risk factors of diabetes

The exact causes of diabetes are not fully understood, but several factors can increase the risk of developing the condition.

  • Type 1 diabetes: genetics and certain environmental triggers, such as viral infections, may play a role.
  • Type 2 diabetes: is strongly associated with lifestyle factors, including obesity, physical inactivity, and an unhealthy diet.

Other risk factors include family history, age, ethnicity, and certain medical conditions, such as high blood pressure.

Diagnosing diabetes

Diagnosing diabetes involves various tests to measure blood sugar levels. The most common diagnostic test is the fasting plasma glucose (FPG) test, which measures blood sugar levels after fasting for at least eight hours.

Another test is the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT), which measures blood sugar levels before and two hours after consuming a glucose-rich drink.

Haemoglobin A1C (HbA1C) test is also used to determine long-term blood sugar control. If the results of these tests indicate high blood sugar levels, further testing may be done to confirm the diagnosis.

Managing diabetes through lifestyle changes

Managing diabetes effectively often requires making significant lifestyle changes. These changes may include:

  • Adopting a healthy diet
  • Engaging in regular physical activity
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Managing stress

A well-balanced diet for diabetes should consist of whole grains, lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats. Portion control and carbohydrate counting can also help regulate blood sugar levels. Regular exercise can help improve insulin sensitivity, lower blood sugar levels, and promote overall well-being.

It is important to consult with a healthcare professional or a registered dietitian to create an individualized plan that suits your needs.

Medications and treatments for diabetes

In addition to lifestyle changes, medications are often prescribed to manage diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes, insulin therapy is essential, as the body does not produce any insulin. Insulin can be administered through injections or an insulin pump.

Type 2 diabetes, oral medications, injectable medications, or a combination of both may be prescribed to help control blood sugar levels.

These medications work by increasing insulin production, improving insulin sensitivity, or reducing glucose production in the liver. It is crucial to follow the prescribed medication regimen and regularly monitor blood sugar levels to ensure optimal control of diabetes.

Prevention and complications of diabetes

While some risk factors for diabetes, such as family history and age, cannot be changed, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Engaging in regular physical activity
  • Adopting a balanced diet,
  • Limiting alcohol consumption
  • Avoiding smoking

It is also essential to regularly monitor blood sugar levels, undergo regular check-ups, and manage other medical conditions to prevent or minimize complications associated with diabetes.

In conclusion, diabetes is a chronic condition that requires lifelong management. By understanding the various aspects of diabetes, adopting healthy lifestyle changes, following prescribed medication regimens, and seeking regular medical care, individuals with diabetes can effectively manage their condition and lead fulfilling lives. Remember, you are not alone in this journey. Goodlife is here to provide you with the resources, support, and expert advice you need to manage your diabetes and live your best life.

Challenges in Administering Medication to Pre-teens

Nuru comes home from school, running a bit of temperature. “Ma, my head is sore,” she whines.

“Oh, dear,” you think to yourself,” she’s probably caught a cold that’s going around.” On top of that, she’s making everybody miserable with her whining. Especially you because at 8 years old, she claims to be too big to take the usual paracetamol syrup that you have on stand-by for the children. On the other hand, she has difficulty swallowing the 1000mg tablet you keep in the medicine cabinet for yourself. She’s refusing to take either and you know that paracetamol will make her (and you) feel better. You have a battle on your hands.

You’re not alone.

Nurses also have difficulty administering pre-teens medicines

Even trained nurses experience challenges when it comes to preparing and administering medicines to their patients. You won’t be surprised to learn that their most common challenges are the same as parents’: their patients complain that the medicine tastes bad and they spit out tablets. An additional challenge, probably also familiar to you, is how difficult it is to break pills into pieces to make the appropriate dosage for children at particular ages (we look at this a bit later).1

“So, what?” you’re thinking. That doesn’t help me, now. The obvious solution is paracetamol which is neither a syrup, nor a traditional tablet, like Cipladon 500, but what if you don’t have any?

An emergency solution: “disguising” the medicine

While one doesn’t want to “con” our kids, desperate times sometimes call for desperate measures.

However, before you take any of the tips below, please check with the pharmacist to be sure that following any of the suggestions has no impact on the way the medication works – its efficacy.

  • If your child likes iced drinks, keep liquid medicines and syrups in the fridge.
  • Mix the medicine with another liquid or crush the tablet into a little bit of food. Often sick children have no appetite, so make sure that the quantity is small enough so that they finish it and take the right dose.2

A longer-term solution: strategy and practice

Realistically, our children have to learn how to take medicines, whether or not they like the taste, or can swallow a tablet. Taking pills is a fact of life, so if your child refuses to take them, why not develop some strategies for helping them to cope?

The “con” is not the answer

As with all things in life, honesty is the best policy, and as most parents know, “tweens” will uncover what their parents try to hide from them – sometimes with disastrous results. So, if it’s a case of making the medication palatable, or getting it swallowed, pre-teens are probably old enough to “disguise it” themselves – under supervision. They could even begin enjoying the “medicated” drink as John did:

As a baby, John was diagnosed with abdominal migraine and the doctor prescribed daily medication. His mother’s strategy: she gave him and his brother a drink each morning. John knew his drink was special: it had his medicine in it. Occasionally, he’d open the bottle and smell it when he got older. It was awful. He also knew that he didn’t have a sore tummy or vomit when he took it. Over time, he came to look forward to that morning drink – even when it no longer had his medicine “hiding” in it. 

What else do we learn from John’s mom?

In addition to John’s understanding of the reason for the medicine, taking it was part of the family’s daily routine. Consequently, he took it every day, no fuss, no muss. Getting into a routine is an essential strategy if children are on medication for chronic conditions. This also sets the tone for when the doctor prescribes a course of antibiotics that must be finished.

John knew where his medicine was, and his mom didn’t stop him from opening the bottle to smell it. Continuing to have it mixed with his morning drink was his choice.

While taking medicine may not be a choice, involving your child in when and how to take it, will help them feel more in control.

Practise makes perfect

The stumbling blocks to tablet swallowing are not just swallowing something whole, but the sensation of something on the tongue. Then, there’s a child’s anxiety when she cannot swallow it, or if he/she chokes.

Successfully taking pills only comes with practise. Why not make it fun? While we don’t advocate children eating large quantities of sugary foods, it could be helpful to practise using something like Smarties, the candy-coated chocolate sweeties which are about the same size as a 500g to 1000g tablet. In addition to this, using a straw to suck the water (or other appropriate drink) into the mouth and then swallowing has the advantage of distracting them from the anxiety associated with swallowing the tablet. Sucking into a straw has the added advantage of forcing the liquid down the throat, taking the pill with it.


You could turn this into a game, with a (non-sugary) reward for successful swallows. Similarly, this might help your child finish a course of medicine, and she gets a star or other symbol on a chart for each tablet in the course, and then a tangible reward like a book or voucher when she’s finished the course of pills.3

Paracetamol and “tweens”

Acetaminophen is the generic name for paracetamol, an over-the-counter medicine taken to relieve pain and fever for people of all ages, and is very safe, but with all medicines overdosing can lead to liver damage and, in rare cases, even death. Carefully read the medicine prescription information.

Paracetamol is available in syrup, tablets, and effervescent tablets like Cipladon 500. The following table is a useful guide for parents as their children grow up, especially when they’re moving through the phase of being too old for syrup and too young for tablets.

If you’re giving your child paracetamol syrup, ensure you have a proper medicine measure. Do not use a spoon from your kitchen drawer. Syrup is recommended for children from eight years old and up.

The table below is a guide to how often you can dose your sick child with paracetamol depending on their age.4

Paracetamol Syrup


How much?

How often?

6 to 8 years 5ml Maximum 4 times in 24 hours
8 to 10 years 7.5ml Maximum 4 times in 24 hours
10 to 12 years 10ml Maximum 4 times in 24 hours

Paracetamol Tablets


How much?

How often?

6 to 8 years 250mg Maximum 4 times in 24 hours
8 to 10 years 375mg Maximum 4 times in 24 hours
10 to 12 years 500mg Maximum 4 times in 24 hours
12 to 16 years 750mg Maximum 4 times in 24 hours

Cipladon 500 Effervescent Paracetamol Tablets: dosing is dependent on the child’s weight

Children who are 8 and older, and children who meet the weight requirements can take Cipladon 500.5

Weight guidelines for Cipladon 500 dosages


Dose limit


15 mg per 1kg per dose to a maximum of 1000 mg every four hours
Maximum 75 mg per 1kg per day not exceeding 4000 mg for 48 hours
Maximum of 60 mg per 1kg per day not exceeding 4000 mg after 48 hours


More about Cipladon 500 for easy-peasy dosage and f-f-faster pain relief

Cipladon 500 is not a pill: it’s an effervescent tablet that dissolves in water. This leaves much less room for mistakes and makes for easy peasy dosing of children who don’t like medicine, especially swallowing pills.

Children like Cipladon 500 because it is not a sugary syrup that often has a nasty, sickly bitter-sweet aftertaste. Instead, Cipladon 500 tastes more like a cold drink because it is sweetened with aspartame (a low-calorie sweetener) that tastes just like sugar.

Remember: If your child is small or big for their age, always ask your pharmacist to guide you on how much paracetamol to dose your child.

Other Advantages of Cipladon 500

  • Cipladon 500 is safe for children from 8 years old, and up.
  • Cipladon 500 is the perfect solution for children who are too old for syrups and too young for tablets: no more fighting, and no more spitting pills out!
  • Cipladon 500 means that children who are anxious about swallowing big pills are more likely to take their medicine when it is a sugar-free, fizzy, sweetened flavored drink.

In short: Cipladon 500 is easy to give, tastes great, and relieves pain and fever f-f-faster!

The fizz works!

Disclaimer: The information on this site should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care or advice. Contact a healthcare provider if you have questions about your health.


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