Tiny Tips: How To Give Medicine To Reluctant Babies

Tiny Tips: How To Give Medicine To Reluctant Babies

Tiny Tips: How To Give Medicine To Reluctant Babies

Welcome to Tiny Tips! The blog post of the week where I share a tiny tip that has helped me survive with my baby twins. Sometimes, in the delirious, sleep-deprived haze, it’s the little things that stop you from snot crying over spilled breast milk (do you REALISE how long it takes to express that stuff?? Anyway…).

Here is my tiny tip of the week:

How  To Give Medicine To Reluctant Babies

As the week 8 inoculations were fast approaching, everyone kept telling me to buy baby calpol and give it to the twins straight after their jabs. This was to help control any potential fever. Being flustered over having to watch and comfort not just one baby as they get punctured with more holes than a sieve, but two, I was already slightly anxious. Now I also had to give calpol to two crying babies, in front of the nurse, as well. Great.

So, the nurse gave the first lot of injections and I got the medicine ready. Luckily the calpol came with a baby friendly syringe so this surely couldn’t be that hard. Baby crying, squirt medicine into baby’s mouth, baby swallow, happy baby.

But no.

As soon as I started to squeeze the calpol into Beatrice’s mouth, she automatically spat it back out. Hmmmm. Not what was supposed to happen. The nurse suggested squirting the medicine into the side of her cheek to help her swallow it. Again, Beatrice being the joker that she is (but I was not finding this funny), she spat it out again. What a madam.

This was not going to  work.

Of course over the next few days I was worried about her suffering with a temperature. This can’t happen every time! I had to think of a way to get her to swallow the calpol.

Isn’t it funny that these solutions always come to you at 2.43am? During the midst of a crying frenzy, Beatrice began to get a temperature. I needed to get her to take the medicine this time. That’s when I remembered that she sometimes liked to use my little finger as a dummy, which would automatically make her swallow. Could this be the solution??

So, I filled up the syringe, put it into the side of her cheek, squeezed a little bit of the purple goo into her mouth and quickly got her to suck on my knuckle. And as if by magic, she swallowed it straight away!

Hurrah! I had finally found a way to get her to take her medicine. I felt like I deserved a gold star (celebrate every win of course).

So, if you have trouble getting your baby to take their medicine, try getting them to suck on a dummy or your finger to encourage them to swallow it. I’d love to hear if this works for you!

*Since writing this post, I have also found that Francis needs distracting too in order to take his medicine. So as I squeeze the calpol into his mouth, I give him my finger to suck whilst blowing bubbles onto his hand. He think it’s hilarious and doesn’t realise that he has medicine in his mouth and will just swallow it. Woohoo!

Do You Have Any Solutions?

Do you have a baby that struggles to take their medicine? What tricks do you have to get them to take it?




  1. March 4, 2017 / 9:43 am

    Good ideas here, I find the calpol syringe impossible to use so bought some smaller ones, though they are still pretty difficult to use 😩

    • March 4, 2017 / 9:59 am

      I agree! It’s so stressful isn’t it when you need them to take it! Thanks for your message ☺️

  2. Kate Lennon
    May 1, 2017 / 10:34 am

    If the baby is bottle fed, I found that if you put the medicine in a nipple they take it pretty easily. My little boy had constant ear infections and the only way he would take his meds was like that. Gives us a look of “hey that’s not my milk!” But then kept on drinking like a champ

    • May 2, 2017 / 5:07 am

      That’s a really good alternative! Thank you x

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