Help baby swallow his medicine

Help baby swallow his medicine

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Getting your baby to take his medicine is not a pleasure for you or for him ... Here are the good things that will help you get them going quickly and well.

A good installation

  • If this is the first time you have to play nurses with your baby, and if you are not sure about getting out of it, wrap it in a blanket or bath towel. Thus, it will feel in a small nest reassuring and will not risk to be disconcerted by some unpredictable movement.

Bottle or spoon?

  • The newborn agrees well enough to swallow his medicine in a little liquid (small bottles are sold for this purpose). But if you are breastfeeding, it is not recommended: he might take a liking to the bottle nipple that requires less effort to suckle. Prefer the measuring spoon or measuring spoon (sold mostly with the drug or with antibiotics).

The half-dose technique

  • The right measure. A short measure, says the note ... Not very easy to fill the measuring spoon, without spilling liquid. To facilitate the operation, completely fill this spoon, pour half of its contents into a sterilized ordinary spoon. Have them stand on the edge of a drink, while you put your baby on your lap and equip it with a bib.
  • The half-measure. Install it like when you feed it. Place the measuring spoon on its lower lip (its rounded edge is specially designed to marry well) and let it suck the drug. Once this half-dose has been swallowed, refill the measuring spoon with the contents of your ordinary spoon and let it suck this second half-dose.

On the tip of your finger

  • If your baby constantly spits out his medication, go to the gentle technique ... but very slow. Wash your hands thoroughly. Fill the measuring spoon and balance it on a glass. Dip your little finger in the solution and have your baby suckle. Repeat until the dose is exhausted.

Pipette method

  • Which pipette? If your baby is older than 3 months, it is best to use one of these pipettes sold with anti-rejection drugs. If your doctor has already prescribed it to your baby, keep this valuable instrument for him to swallow other drinkable medicines. Otherwise, a plastic syringe of 5 ml (of course without its needle) will do the trick to "pump" the contents of the measuring spoon.

The measuring spoon

  • Another well-studied instrument is the measuring spoon. It consists of a small rigid graduated tube forming an angle with the spoon (rounded edge) which extends it. This allows a "gentle slope" descent of the liquid introduced into the tube ... thanks to the progressive inclination of your wrist.

A less bitter spoon

  • With a large (from 10 months) who is no longer likely to pass the drug through the "bad hole" if it arrives very quickly in his throat, introduce the measuring spoon so that the solute arrives directly on the back of his tongue, where buds of taste are less numerous. The bitterness is thus less noticeable.

Bigger: play the complicity!

With 10-12 months, you can already introduce a little wink ritual: "a teddy bear spoon that does not make a face ... one for you!"

From 18 months, he will let himself be taken by the subterfuge (not so effective that ...) which consists in pinching his nose while swallowing: "If, if I assure you, the bad taste no longer feels!" But do not pinch his nose to his place to force him to open his mouth, he would like you terribly for this forced intrusion.

Around 2 years old, he loves to look at himself in the mirror. Hold one in front of him as he swallows the drug while wringing his nose. Was his grimace more or less horrible than this morning? It's fun this contest of grimaces, we would forget even why we do!

The adults love surprises: hide in your left hand a "drug push" to give it after taking to pass the bad taste. The aim of the game being to surprise him, be inventive: dumpling of bread, slice of gruyere, square of chocolate, biscuit of appetizer, dice of ham and even candy ... once, but not custom!

Give your medicine to baby: the sequence in pictures

Syrup, drops ... not always obvious to give your baby medicine. You hesitate for the good gestures? Mayalen and her little Ludivine, 6 months, show you how to make images.

See also video Medicine cabinet.

pharmaceuticals : the questions of moms.

Elisabeth Tzimakas