One of the only things worse than having a sick baby is having a sick baby who refuses to take medicine. Trying to get your little one the proper dose can be a challenge, to say the least. But, thanks to this mom’s genius idea, giving your infant medicine may now be easier than ever before.
Helena Lee posted a photo showcasing the brilliant new trick she learned for getting her baby boy to take his medicine. She used a rubber nipple from a bottle, inserted an oral syringe full of medicine into the nipple and delivered her baby his proper dose without wasting a drop.
As Lee wrote in her Facebook post, she had tried and tried to get the baby to take the medicine, but he kept spitting it out and making a mess—because, as any parent knows, that what babies love to do with medicine!
That’s when this genius idea came to her.
“FOR ALL MUMMIES… So for the last 24hours ive [sic] struggled to get alfie to take calpol [a British version of acetaminophen], he has ended up covered in half of it where he spits it at me,” the mom wrote on Facebook. “Then i [sic] remembered seeing this trick.”
She went on to say that not one bit wasted, and the medicine was delivered tear-free. Success!
While some parents sounded in to say they’d used this trick—or a variation of it—40 years ago on their own kids, the post has been shared more than 100,000 times. So clearly, a good number of parents have found this to be helpful.
Such parents chimed in writing, “Whattt this would have saved a lot of tears!! And Tylenol!” in the comments section.
Others shared their amazement on Twitter:
— Beyond The Bump (@DialADiaperKE) October 18, 2017
No, an oral syringe! The medicine is in the syringe placed in the nipple of his baby bottle as his mom slowly pushes the liquid through.
Wow this is revolutionary!
This trick is definitely worth a try—especially if it could make your life a little easier and help your baby to feel better in the process. That’s a parenting win-win.
Other Helpful Parenting Tricks
Of course, this isn’t the first time that parents have used the internet for the greater good of all those raising children.
There have been parenting tricks for everything from the best places to hide your candy from the kids (just in time for Halloween!) to suggestions of using pool noodles to baby-proof the edges of coffee tables and so much more.
And Not-So-Helpful Parenting Tricks
Then, there are those “hacks” that aren’t actually time-savers at all—like, say, freezing your peanut butter before making sandwiches, for instance. And in those cases, you’ll surely get a chuckle even if you don’t get information that’s actually, you know, helpful.
It’s times like these that parents stick together and think of the internet as a community. It can sometimes feel as though it really does take a village to raise a child. And in those moments it’s important to know you can turn to your online resource center and use tips like these to your advantage!