Mum shares genius trick that makes her and her child's life easier and it goes viral
Helena Lee's post sharing how she tricked her baby into taking medicine became a viral sensation.
In October 2017, Lee, 33, took to Facebook to share a photograph showing the latest trick she discovered for getting her eight-week-old son Alfie to swallow medicine.
The mother was attempting to get her newborn child to take Calpol when she thought of the splendid idea.
"FOR ALL MUMMIES... So for the last 24hours ive struggled to get alfie to take calpol, he has ended up covered in half of it where he spits it at me [sic]," she wrote. "Then i remembered seeing this trick."
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Lee loaded a syringe with the baby paracetamol and pushed it through the nipple of his bottle.
Rather than spitting it up as he had previously, Alfie quickly consumed the majority of the hidden medication.
Lee concluded, "Not one bit got wasted and no tears. Please feel free to share with any baby mummies you know xxxxx."
Her Facebook post has amassed over 50,000 reactions and over 160,000 shares.
It also attracted more than 70,000 comments, with many saying it would have saved them a considerable measure of distress had they thought about it previously.
One user wrote, "What a brilliant way to give a baby medicine never thought about doing that but you learn new things every other day."
"Why have we not thought of this already, it’s how we gave her gripe water in the beginning," added another.
No, an oral syringe! The medicine is in the syringe placed in the nipple of his baby bottle as his mom slowly pushes the liquid through.— Beyond The Bump (@DialADiaperKE) October 18, 2017
Also a mother to four-year-old Harrison, Lee was giving Alfie the medicine since he had a high temperature in the wake of having his first lot of childhood immunizations.
In an interview with Manchester Evening News, she said, "All the tricks I'd tried with Harrison just didn't work with Alfie."
"I'd tried giving him little bits at a time, squirting it all in at once, tried in the middle of feeds, I even tried a spoon but he just gagged or spat it out at me - he then wasn't getting all the dose so it wasn't bringing his temperature down."
She added, "It was then I remembered seeing this trick. I am completely overwhelmed by the response it's had. I just intended to help out a few of my mummy friends on Facebook."