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Suggestions please: How do you get your 6 month old to take antibiotics?

(8 Posts)
Furni1K Thu 25-Oct-12 22:34:08

Have a syringe to squirt a bit in the back of her mouth, a spoon to catch it all as it is spit out and shove it back in. Anyone got any suggestions/tricks that i could use? Help!

Seriouslysleepdeprived Thu 25-Oct-12 23:35:36

Been giving DS medicine for 5 months now. If you give it bit by bit into the the side of the mouth, couple of mls at a time. Distract with a toy, wait for them to swallow. Can take a while but goes go down smile

MsFlippingHeck Fri 26-Oct-12 12:15:48

I've got a dummy from Tescos that you put medicine in and then baby can suck it as you press the plunger to give medicine. It works (sometimes!)

spanishring Sat 27-Oct-12 08:16:12

Holding her arms down and forcing it in. Horrible but I was at a total loss to know what to do. Those ideas are much better thAn mine!

ipswichwitch Sat 27-Oct-12 08:19:46

I used a syringe aimed at the back of the cheek area and only squirt a tiny bit at a time. Then distract with a toy and wait for swallowing then repeat. Takes a while but this way all the medicine went down- DS is the master of spitting it out too, and he used to be on a lot of medication. Now hes 1 I can get him to take it quite happily off a spoon

BoysBoysBoysAndMe Sat 27-Oct-12 08:23:36

Put it in a couple of oz of milk when she's due a feed.

Once she's finished the first bottle with just a couple of oz and medicine in, give her a second bottle to top up to her normal feed.

ReindeerBOOOOllocks Sat 27-Oct-12 16:01:18

Check the bottle before putting it in milk as some antibiotics shouldnt be given with milk/food.

Syringing small amounts usually works, those dummies used to get spit out by our DC.

MrsLHofstadter Sat 27-Oct-12 16:25:10

Agree with syringe a bit at a time. It's not nice to do when they seem to be upset by it but it doesn't last forever. DS 21 mo now goes and gets the spoon giggling when he sees a medicine bottle....bad parent? hmm

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