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#1 axiomae

Posted 22 February 2013 - 06:34 PM

DD is 8 months and teething at the moment - her top teeth are cutting through, ouch! She's in so much pain moaning and crying but won't let me give her painkillers, neither Nurofen nor Panadol. She refuses to open her mouth, bats away my hand and when I do manage to squirt some in she spits it all out and doesn't swallow much. I'm scared to try again because I'm not sure how much she's had and don't want to exceed the recommended dose.

Anyone have any tips or advice for getting babies to take pain killers? Help please!

#2 Kay1

Posted 22 February 2013 - 06:39 PM

My nieces both vomit panadol or nurofen so they have to give them suppositories. sad.gif Maybe try some bonjela?

#3 Paddlepop

Posted 22 February 2013 - 06:39 PM

Try this recent thread for help:

Good luck!

#4 noi'mnot

Posted 22 February 2013 - 06:41 PM

Mine wouldn't take anything other than Dymadon at that age. It's paracetamol, so has the same effect as panadol, but she preferred the taste.

Good luck!

#5 emelsy

Posted 22 February 2013 - 06:45 PM

I had the same issue with DS. Panadol suppositories. It's difficult, even with lube but its better than seeing them in constant pain and unable to sleep/eat.

#6 Missy Shelby

Posted 22 February 2013 - 06:46 PM

Lol noi'mnot mine are exactly the same, I think because Dymadon is orange flavour and is less intense that the baby panadol which I think is cherry/vanilla.

Good luck OP, it is frustrating when you have something that can help them but the cheeky buggers will not take it!!

Edited by Missy Shelby, 22 February 2013 - 06:47 PM.

#7 Jupiter123

Posted 22 February 2013 - 06:53 PM

Sit on the floor with your legs spread, place child on their back with their head in your crotch, hold them in place with your legs.

Once you have them effectively pinned to the ground, put the syringe in their mouth towards the back but against their cheek and squirt. They will swallow.

Rather than bonjella which has a 4 hour dosage requirement, pop into the pharmacy and ask for some lignocaine gel, you can use it as required and has no taste. It was a life saver for me when DD was teething.

GL and I hope your LO starts feeling better.

#8 Pearlberry

Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:01 PM

I second either suppositories or dymadon. Preferably the former.

I just put a bit of vaseline on the end (make sure not on your gloves or the pointy end of suppository or it will slip everywhere). Don't be hesitant to put it in. I found it was much easier when I just knew I had to do it and just  did it.

God luck

#9 Puffin

Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:03 PM

At 8 months you should be able to still wrap them. Use baby blanket or even a sheet. Wrap so their arms are pinned by their side. Hold them firmly so their head is against the arm holding them- or as PP said, lying in your legs.    

Put dropper or syringe into side of mouth and squirt along their cheek.

Some people also have success with then gently blowing on their face. This will help them to swallow.

You need to be firm and don't muck around. All over in seconds really. They are in pain and you have something to help that pain. She might not like it, but giving her medicine will help.

#10 zibble

Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:06 PM

If you are still breast feeding, I have often given DD meds while breast feeding at the same time. Just a little bit at time.

#11 greenthumbs

Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:08 PM

Two things worked at separate times for us.

1. Making sure I only put tiny tiny squirts at a time in. He hated the taste of panadol but was better with nurofen, so perhaps changing types? edit to add: I went slowly because I originally tried to push heaps in to get it over with quickly, this didn't work, slowly, slowly worked much better.

2. Most successful for us - letting him 'feed' himself. He held it and sucked it as I just gently squirted it, but I think DS was a bit older when we started doing that.

Good luck OP!

Edited by greenthumbs, 22 February 2013 - 07:58 PM.

#12 WinterIsComing

Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:14 PM

- Hide nurofen in yoghurt (mix the doze with a couple of spoonfulls).
- Dissolve the dose in a bit of water and let them drink it

Nothing worked for me with panadol though, he can't stand the taste and each time has a projectile vomit! Next time I will go for suppositories

#13 ~Supernova~

Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:15 PM

QUOTE (jupiter123 @ 22/02/2013, 07:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Sit on the floor with your legs spread, place child on their back with their head in your crotch, hold them in place with your legs.

Once you have them effectively pinned to the ground, put the syringe in their mouth towards the back but against their cheek and squirt. They will swallow.

This is the only way we could get medicine into DD. It's not pleasant, but it gets the job done.

#14 elizabethany

Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:26 PM

chemist brand paracetamols are often more pleasant flavours, so that may help too.

#15 madmax1

Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:43 PM

Is it the taste that is disliked or the application?

When we were in hospital the nursers taught us to administer with a dummy. Its a two person job and really basic. All you do is one holds the dummy near the mouth so the mouth opens the other squirts then drop the dummy STRAIGHT in. They will automatically suck and therefore swallow.

We dont need to do it now but it did work really well for a while.

#16 axiomae

Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:39 PM

Thanks for the replies everyone, I didn't know suppositories existed so that's a great option! I'll try the pinning to the ground method tomorrow if she's still in pain - it's awful, but would help so much. I guess I'm probably just not being confident enough. I have her in her bouncer and try to squirt it in that way. I'll give it a go tomorrow and let you know. Thanks so much for the advice - such a tricky thing!

#17 Jenflea

Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:47 PM

You have to be holding her. Having her sit gives her too much opportunity to avoid the dose.
I found Nurofen was better, easier to does and my DD liked the taste better.
Sometimes it helps to have 2 people, one to hold, one to dose. But don't just squirt it down the back of her throat or she can choke.
I learnt that the hard way...and it's now why my husband doesn't give the medicine!

#18 GreenEgg

Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:53 PM

I second dymadon. Neither of my kids would swallow panadol or nurofen but happy take dymadon

#19 premmie

Posted 28 February 2013 - 12:57 PM

Don't force it down my ds1 used to projectile vomit medicine that was forced down...I used suppositories for many months when he was ill rather than fight with the syringe....

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