This Brilliant Hack Makes Giving Baby Medicine a Breeze

Forget the spoonful of sugar.
ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
Oct 2017

A fuss-free, tear-free way to get your infant to take medicine? This mom found it. UK mom and nursery practitioner Helena Lee inserted a medicine dropper inside the nipple of her baby’s bottle to help him get his medicine in a familiar way.

Based on the 100,000 shares, it’s an idea parents are really excited about.

“So for the last 24 hours I’ve struggled to get Alfie to take Calpol,” Lee writes on Facebook, referring to an infant fever reducer and pain reliever. “He has ended up covered in half of it [when] he spits it at me. Then I remembered seeing this trick. Not one bit got wasted—and no tears. Please feel free to share with any baby mummies you know.”

The best part about Lee’s hack? It makes administering medicine easier without sacrificing safety. The AAP advises using a milliliter syringe (also known as a medicine dropper) whenever giving baby medicine. The alternatives—a medicine cup or measuring spoons—cause a larger error if parents accidentally pour past the measuring line. In fact, parents are four times more likely to make a mistake with a cup compared to a syringe.

Check with your pediatrician before giving baby any medicine. And if you’ve come up with a hack to help it go down smoother, let us know in the Facebook comments.

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