Um. That sounds remarkably like the method we used to get antibiotics into our cat. Only PEtra did less of the screaming and spitting it up, and more of the glaring at us like we'd failed in our duties of worshipping at the godlike shrine of Her Most Beauteous Highness Queen Petra. But. You know. Similarities.
Oh no, you're completely right. Exact same thing. I thought about mentioning that, but decided that there's some parents that will go, "I'm not treating my baby like an animal!"
If there's a better way, I'm all for it. But this is fairly quick and practical.
LOL. Yeah, I'm constantly offending parents with the critter parallels. But the thing is, I often feel that with very small children, when you can't communicate with language, there's a lot of similarity. At least, our cat is a bit like having a very dim two year old in the household, but one who'll never learn more or get taller. Or borrow the keys to the car.
Um. So, sorry parents out there. Not meaning to diss your babies. It's just that the small-warm-body-that-can't-talk experience is the only one I'm familiar with.
I've always considered my two elderly cats as training for babies.
At least babies don't shed everywhere.
They do if you let them play with potato peelers.
But the cats don't have opposable thumbs!
Hang on a moment... :p
Goddamnit, Drhoz didn't log out of LJ again...
Hee! Chesh and I used to compare when the kids got to cat stage... and then beyond cat stage...
If there's a better way, I'm all for it.
You could try putting it on the fur on his arm and he will lick it off and swallow it in an attempt to get clean...
no, wait, that one probably *does* only work on the cat :)
That does not work on a cat. Trust me.
My favourite method of making boy cat take his drugs was to chuck them on the floor.
Are you familiar with an old comic-strip called "Footrot Flats"? Your story reminds me of getting the cat (called Horse) to eat tablets by pretending to feeding them to the dog. Poor Dog. heh.
Was about to say the same of dog medicine. :)
Cats don't scream as much as babies, but they're a lot better at medicine-related running, hiding, biting, and scratching.
What is gripe water? (sudden feeling of dismay that as a parent this is something i should already know!)
for details. Basically a tonic to stop your baby griping when they have a colic-like upset tummy. I have this hazy recollection that the one my mother used on me may have involved alcohol as an ingredient, but this is apparently not a mandatory ingredient.
My Dad swore by the syringe method... though did occasionally get odd treatment at pharmacies when on the road and desperate to get medication into very distressed bub.
We also used the syringe, but also used the 'blow' method to stop the spit effect. Basically, blowing gently on your baby's face makes them stop crying and swallow in reflex. This worked a treat with all the children.
I'd noticed the blow effect, never thought of using it with this. Thank you!
2009-02-16 10:18 pm (UTC)
Gripe water is like magic! At least, it has been for us. When we discovered it at about 6 weeks it stopped lots of the screaming :-) Luckily for us, Will seems to have realised the connection between it & feeling better and smiles when he sees it coming - quite the opposite of Lex.
Sebastian is totally the same! He does not take the gripe water without a screaming fit. But it's either he screams from the pain (which is worse) or protests before the gripe water does its thing.
I do not mind treating my son like a cat if it does the trick!