Mum shares genius hack for giving medicine to babies

Helena with baby Archie.
Helena with baby Archie. Photo: Facebook: Helena Lee

I don't know about you, but I always found it an incredible struggle to give my kids paracetamol when they were babies. I tried so many tricks and tips to convince them it was the most delicious thing on the planet, but they'd have none of it.

Thankfully, now that they're older, they take it willingly, with the promise of some sort of reward afterwards. But small babies cannot be reasoned with, as Helena Lee found when she tried to give her eight-week-old son Archie liquid paracetamol recently.

She shared her experience on Facebook, saying that she had struggled to get Archie to take his medicine, and that if he did take it, he'd often spit it straight back out again.

But with the help of a bottle teat, she managed to get him to take the entire dose.

"FOR ALL THE MUMMIES," she wrote. "So for the last 24 hours I've struggled to get Alfie to take Calpol [liquid paracetamol], he has ended up covered in half of it where he spits it at me…

"Then I remembered seeing this trick…

"Not 1 bit got wasted and no tears."

The trick clearly struck a chord with parents on Facebook, with it being shared nearly 110,000 times and attracting over 40,000 likes.

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"That's a great idea!" commented one parent.

Another said, "I never thought to do this. I've put it just in the teat and got it everywhere but this is magic."

"I wish I knew this years ago," said another commenter, echoing my sentiments and those of many other parents, I'm sure.

Helena told the Manchester Evening News she was overwhelmed by the response. She had given her son paracetamol because he had a temperature after his first round of immunisations.

"I'd tried giving him little bits at a time, squirting it all in at once, tried in the middle of feeds, I even tried a spoon but he just gagged or spat it out at me – he then wasn't getting all the dose so it wasn't brining his temperature down," she said.

"It was then I remembered seeing this trick. I am completely overwhelmed by the response it's had. I just intended to help out a few of my mummy friends on Facebook."