As a parent, there is nothing worse than when your baby gets sick. And if your little one has ever needed to take medicine, then you know just how difficult it can be to get them to actually swallow it without making a mess or spitting it all over you (fun!).
But thanks to one brilliant mom, we may never have to struggle with this dreaded task again. Last week, Helena Lee shared her genius hack for getting babies to take their medicine on Facebook, and we honestly can’t believe we didn’t think of it sooner.
Lee, a nurse practitioner at the National Health Service (NHS) in the U.K., posted the PSA to parents everywhere after struggling to give her son Alfie the over-the-counter med Calpol (an acetaminophen similar to Tylenol) for a full 24 hours.
She finally made it work by attaching the syringe to the top of a baby bottle nipple. like so:
When my own son was a baby, he would often squeeze his lips together when I tried to give him medicine, which made it nearly impossible. We would try to squirt it through his ridiculously strong death lock, but inevitably, it would ooze back out the sides of his mouth and onto the floor.
Squeeze. Ooze. Repeat.
Anything that can make the lives of parents (and their babies) easier seems like a good idea to me. And the beauty of this hack is there are no additional purchases needed. The baby syringe typically comes with the medicine itself, and most new moms have a spare bottle nipple lying around.
Although, I would have definitely paid good money for any device that helped my kids take their medicine when they were little, so someone probably could have charged good money for this. (Actually, come to think of it, my kids still aren’t very good about taking medicine in pill form, so perhaps someone can come up with a hack for that one, too.)
Lee’s clever hack has already been shared over 126,000 times, as women all over the world have been tagging all their new mom friends. And I have no doubt thousands and thousands of people are out there thinking, “Where has this trick been all of our lives?”
I think I speak for all sleep-deprived new moms when I say, thank you, Helena Lee. This tip is sure to come in handy as we dive head first into cold and flu season.