I'm pretty darn good at giving medicine to babies.
Here are my tips:
1. Instead of using the squeeze-top syringe or the small cup that comes with the medicine from the store, ask a pharmacy for a plastic syringe. It is much easier to measure the medicine accurately and to control how quickly it comes out.
2. Hold the syringe in the baby's mouth for a while before actually starting to squirt it out. Give them just a second to get used to it before introducing the medicine.
3. You may need to pause between squirts to prevent the medicine from spilling back out, but keep the syringe in their mouth. If you take it out each time, you almost have to start over. Especially in younger babies, this will usually encourage them to start sucking and they may give themselves the medicine.
4. Have a pacifier, bottle, or breast (or sippy cup for older kids) ready. As soon as the medicine is gone, pop it in. This will help the child swallow any medicine that may still be pooled up in their mouth and help prevent them from spitting anything back out.
I don't necessarily enjoy giving my children medicine, but through lots of experience, I have become good at it. Yes, I am bragging.
And now it's your turn!
We want to know what you're good at! It's easy for all of us to get down on ourselves from time to time, feeling overwhelmed by all the things we feel like we could do better but aren't. But we all have something that we can do well, no matter what else is going on.