So today I’ve spent my day trying numerous ways to get my little one to swallow Calpol. Give me a brick wall whilst I bang my head off it. I feel like I’ve exhausted everything and still no success. He knows when its coming and he’s not prepared to open up for anybody!

Tried and Tested:

Point and Distract – “Oooo look at that!” I coo at my 4 month old as he stares at me open mouthed. Perfect, an opening! But no, little one makes sure his lips are tightly sealed as he looks towards the thing of interest.

Little by Little – The syringe is in and we squeeze a little bit in. No gagging. Great! No spitting out. Woohoo! So we squeeze a bit more. 1 hour later…wahey! We’re half way there. Oh.

Spike the Dummy – Baby loves his dummy. Baby will love his dummy even more with Calpol on. Wrong. Now baby is looking at me suspiciously and refuses to accept anything from me in fear of what I’ll do next.

Shoot and Score – Squeezing the Calpol to the back of your baby’s throat. This doesn’t need explaining why this is wrong in every way. Calpol to the back of the throat = choking, unhappy baby.

Pleading – “It’ll make you better!”, “Mammy promises not to give you anymore after this…for at least the next 4 hours”. Sigh. It’s no use. Baby is still looking at me with a “you shall not pass!” look on his face.

Please tell me I am not the only one struggling with this?!img_0091

If anybody has any successful strategies then please share for all us desperate Mums!

– Tee ????


Little, Big and Me 2nd November 2016 - 11:21 am

I feel your pain on the Calpol front. We get lots of screaming too! I don’t really have any tips as I’m still searching for an ‘easy’ way. It’s a two man job in this house usually so we do one holding her while and one puts the syringe in side of her mouth and squeezes little bits at a time. Usually while she’s thrashing around and screaming for help! If I’m on my own I can just about manage it but hubby has no chance 🙂

Tee ???? 2nd November 2016 - 12:42 pm

I’m glad I’m not the only one! 🙂

Perrine 16th December 2016 - 11:22 am

My little one isn’t too bad, he will be four months next week so things still have time to go south, but so far giving it to him isn’t too bad, some may dribble out but we get there. At work though it’s a different story, i’ve had some real stubborn little ones to contend with! I find dream feeding it to them is the easiest way, they are too asleep to care but awake enough not to choke. Or have dummy half in and syringe poking in and squirt a little at a time. If all else fails you’re gonna need some back up…

thenibecamemum 17th December 2016 - 12:03 pm

Ah great ideas. I might have to try the dummy one. I’m hoping that he’s going to be a little better now that he is eating purée food.


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