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Things New Parents Should Know #25 - Syringes [Feb. 16th, 2009|12:40 pm]
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As your baby ages, you will find from time to time, that you need to give said baby something to drink that they may not want. In our case, it's gripe water. We've found it does a marvelous job of settling his tummy when he's not feeling the best.

However, to say that Lex hates the gripe water would be to understate the matter. When he smells it now, he clamps his little jaws shut and tries to cry through gritted gums. The thing is, it settles his guts in a very short space of time, and gives him relief, but of course he doesn't understand the connection between foul taste and the vanishing of the pain in his tummy. And so he screams, bats at us, clamps his mouth shut, etc.

And then if you get the medicine into his mouth, he makes excellent use of a baby's inbuilt gag reflex, and his tongue, to spit it all out.

So what to do?

You take a small syringe (without a needle in it, of course) and fill it with the medicine. Then lay bub on it's back, slide the business end of the syringe down the inside of the baby's cheek, between the cheek and the gums. You need to get the medicine into the baby's mouth behind it's tongue. Then you start squirting small manageable amounts of the medicine into bub's mouth.

In our case, each small dose takes a little while, as Lex will gargle it for a bit first. While crying. And screaming. But the end result is that a good 90% of it goes down, unlike previously where maybe a quarter made it into his gullet, and everything and everyone nearby was covered in a gripe water and drool cocktail.

There may be other methods, but so far we've found this to be the most effective way to get him to down the lot.

[User Picture]From: narrelle
2009-02-16 02:08 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-02-16 02:13 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: narrelle
2009-02-16 03:01 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: purrdence
2009-02-16 05:50 am (UTC)
I've always considered my two elderly cats as training for babies.

At least babies don't shed everywhere.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-02-16 05:55 am (UTC)
They do if you let them play with potato peelers.
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[User Picture]From: tikiwanderer
2009-02-16 06:13 am (UTC)
-laughs out loud-
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[User Picture]From: drhoz
2009-02-16 07:43 am (UTC)
But the cats don't have opposable thumbs!

Hang on a moment... :p
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[User Picture]From: purrdence
2009-02-16 07:45 am (UTC)
Goddamnit, Drhoz didn't log out of LJ again...
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[User Picture]From: callistra
2009-02-16 11:00 am (UTC)
Hee! Chesh and I used to compare when the kids got to cat stage... and then beyond cat stage...
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[User Picture]From: babalon_93
2009-02-16 04:07 am (UTC)
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 :)
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[User Picture]From: stephbg
2009-02-16 04:52 am (UTC)
That does not work on a cat. Trust me.
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[User Picture]From: callistra
2009-02-16 10:59 am (UTC)
My favourite method of making boy cat take his drugs was to chuck them on the floor.

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[User Picture]From: rabbit1080
2009-02-16 01:51 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: capnoblivious
2009-02-16 02:22 am (UTC)
Was about to say the same of dog medicine. :)
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[User Picture]From: stephbg
2009-02-16 04:55 am (UTC)
Cats don't scream as much as babies, but they're a lot better at medicine-related running, hiding, biting, and scratching.
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[User Picture]From: mireille21
2009-02-16 03:55 am (UTC)
What is gripe water? (sudden feeling of dismay that as a parent this is something i should already know!)

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[User Picture]From: ariaflame
2009-02-16 05:30 am (UTC)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gripe_water 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.
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[User Picture]From: azahru
2009-02-16 04:33 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: battblush
2009-02-16 06:49 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-02-16 06:53 am (UTC)
I'd noticed the blow effect, never thought of using it with this. Thank you!
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From: (Anonymous)
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.
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[User Picture]From: fuschia17
2009-02-18 10:50 am (UTC)
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!
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