There’s always a risk of overdosing if you do this, says Dr Wendy Sinnathamby, a specialist in paediatrics and consultant at Raffles Children’s Centre. “If she spits out only a bit or vomits more than 10 minutes after taking her medication, it is not advisable to repeat the dose.”
While you can offer it again if she vomits before the 10-minute mark, it’s often best to err on the side of caution. If in doubt, don’t do it, she advises.
DO THIS INSTEAD: Avoid placing the medication in the front and centre of the tongue, areas where taste buds are mainly found, says Dr Sinnathamby. Use a syringe and place the medication near the back of the tongue. Aim for the back of the gums and the inside of the cheek instead. This allows the medicine to flow down the throat easily.
What if you can’t even get Baby to open her mouth? Pinch her little nose, then quickly inserting the syringe into her mouth, suggests Dr Dawn Lim is a consultant paediatrician at Kinder Clinic at Paragon Medical Centre. Rope Daddy in for this tricky manoeuvre.