Clever Mom Hides Sick Infant’s Medicine In Rubber Nipple To Get Him To Swallow It

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Senior Editor of Branded Content at Wild Sky Media. She grew up in upstate New York and Oregon and now lives in Queens, NY. Ileana graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, then worked as in marketing at Oxford University Press. Since transitioning to editorial, she has written for BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Woman's World. She has also worked for local newspapers and magazines in upstate New York. In her free time, you can find Ileana watching Law & Order: SVU, eating ice cream, and spending time with her dog.

Having a sick baby is every parent’s worst nightmare. No matter how old they are, it’s awful to watch your baby go through something and not be able to help.

Sure, you can hold them and love them, but sometimes they need something more serious — medicine.

But what do you do if your baby won’t take the medicine they desperately need to feel better? This is an issue many parents face, especially with infants.

If your little one needs to take some medicine, they may have to take it from a syringe. Since that doesn’t feel natural in their mouth, though, some babies just refuse to consume whatever medicine comes out of it.

After Helena Lee’s sweet baby wouldn’t take the Calpol (the UK equivalent of Tylenol) he needed, she came up with a clever idea: a baby bottle hack.

Check out Helena’s brilliant medicine bottle hack below — it’s so great!

[H/T: ScaryMommy]

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Helena shared her clever hack on Facebook, and her post got a ton of attention.

Within just four days, the post had over 45,000 reactions and over 123,000 shares.

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Helena wrote:

For all mummies…

So for the last 24 hours I’ve struggled to get Alfie to take Calpol, he has ended up covered in half of it where he spits it at me…

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Then I remembered seeing this trick…

Not 1 bit got wasted, and no tears.

Please feel free to share with any baby mummies you know.

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And share they did! Moms all over the country — and all over the world — started sharing this hack with their friends.

People also used the comments section to tag friends who might find the hack useful.


Basically, all Helena did was cover the normal medicine syringe with her baby’s bottle top.

Once he started sucking on the nipple, Helena pushed the medicine through the syringe and through the bottle cap to her baby.

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Since her son, Alfie, was so used to sucking on bottle nipples, he didn’t think twice about what the substance was that was actually coming through the nipple.

One mom commented, “Sooooo smart. Definitely going to do this.”

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“Good technique. Must try,” wrote another mom.

Still others wrote about the challenges they’ve had giving their kids medicine — it usually ends up all over the room, the furniture, and both baby and parent.

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Some parents started tagging their spouses, asking why they never thought of this when they had babies!

In total, 52,000 people commented on Helena’s photo.

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One woman even explained, “Omg this would have saved me so many upsetting moments!”

It really seems like most parents can relate to Helena’s experience.

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If you’re blown away by this clever baby bottle hack, please SHARE this article!