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