Is it fluvoxicillin? Its vile, and vile to an ebf baby as to a formula fed one!
Has he had a bottle of any sort yet? We found it easiest to put in a dab of the medicine with the syringe, then quickly give a drink of warm, cooled boiled water in a bottle ie same temp as breast milk. Dd managed to get the medicine down by this method.
My son was ebf when i had to give him it, and it was far harder, as didn't think of using a drink to get it down.
That stuff is vile! we ended up going back to GP for something else as I didn't manage to get any into my ds. I don't know how anyone gets this into their children, I tasted and have to say I wouldn't take it! Sorry, that's not much help
I phoned the chemists to ask if it was a dud batch - couldn't believe it tasted so disgusting! I looked up the instructions on google and the page i found said it could be more or after meals as long as the tummy is as empty as you can manage. Giving a bottle is a handy option for ebf babies so maybe an investment now for this, will come in handy for expressed milk etc
Thanks Running - I am now the proud owner of a set of MAM bottles which are the ones that total bottle refuser DS1 liked to chew (although he didn't go as far as actually drinking) rather than simply clamping his mouth shut.
A baby who will take a bottle is a very useful thing though, you're right. I totally failed with my first child despite returning full time to work when he was 9mo old - he just waited for me to come home rather than take a bottle. So I'm hoping that DS2 will be a more bottle friendly type! (Or else I will later deduct the cost of the steriliser and bottles from his pocket money. )
I don't envy you. My DS who is 4.5 had it for the first time a few months ago and he threw up the first 3 batches. In the end we had to hide it in Vimto squash - which I realise is not an option for you. My dsis said she'd had to phone the GP and get another antibiotic prescribed for her daughter when she was little as she couldn't keep it down at all. I tasted it- it was horrific.
Have you tried inserting the syringe at the same time as BF? Kind of on the side of the nipple... We've had some success with that in the past, but amoxycilin tastes a whole lot better in comparison. I'd go back and ask for something else that also doesn't require four doses a day.. we've had zithromax a few times, which only needed one dose a day
Dont give up hope, i forgot to say, where possible, two people make it easier. Person 1 shoots in a bit of the foul medicine, person 2 is holding the baby and provides a drink of delicious warm water instantly, before baby has the chance to spit it out.
Hi, I struggled to get antibiotics into our EBF 4wo DD, until I tried syringing it into the teat of a bottle, then she helpfully sucked it all down without a problem. The pharmacist advised that it is hard to get medicine into small babies as their swallowing reflex is only triggered by sucking. Syringing it into her cheek was a disaster - she could pouch a surprising amount of it then either gag or spit it out, but getting her to suck it from the bottle teat worked a treat.