I would just suggest getting it over with as quickly as possible. Cradle him with one arm behind you, you can wrap him in a blanket if easier, reassure him continuously that he will feel better once he’s taken it. Syringe bit by bit against the side of the cheek at the back of the mouth. Less chance to spit it out that way. And big cuddles and a chocolate button or whatever afterwards. Then distract with a toy, dvd or whatever he likes. Don’t dwell on it and just be quite matter of fact. It’s for his benefit as a prolonged high temp is more dangerous than a few tears. You can always try calpol and nurofen at various times to see if he has a preference, most kids do.
Thank you - with the exception of the blanket that’s pretty much what I did. Still horrid though as I’m having to restrain him and he’s adept at spitting it out regardless of how far into his cheek I get the syringe!
You can buy childrens’ paracetamol suppositories from the pharmacy. Children don’t have the same awkwardness about medicines in this form as adults do (it’s actually a much more efficient way of administering medicines). Might be worth a try if you’re desperate?
dd takes it much better if i let her do the syringe herself. So I fill it with the required dose then she puts it in her mouth & plunges it. works a treat. Plus a little chocolate button bribery if its yucky banana antibiotics!