Mary Poppins was right!

by kelly

And so is my mother-in-law… Many thanks to my ‘mommy tipster’ who recommended squirting the medicing in via a plastic syringe so that the baby would swallow it before she knew what had happened. I’m still a novice, though, and Emma clamps down her gums and jaw when she sees that thing coming. Maybe someday I’ll be ready for such advanced techniques. But that’s the big leagues, and we’re still in the minors. In the meantime, though, I’m happy to report, we’ve found a way to hit a home run.

My mother-in-law is a nurse practitioner, and she also babysits Emma sometimes during the week. Since Emma’s had her cold, she’s been getting thorough physical exams from Grandma on those days. When I got the report a few days ago that Emma’s eardrum still appeared bright red, despite her being on antibiotics for a couple of days, I mentioned that I was having a hard time getting the medicine into her.

And then she suggested it: Applesauce.

So simple. So elegant. Why didn’t I think of it? Turns out – that the extra amount of sweetness in just a tiny amount of applesauce is enough to sneak that funny tasting stuff past the normally active gatekeeper that is my baby’s mouth. Just a spoonful of unsweetened fruit mush really does help the medicine to go down!

And so, morning and night, we’ve been eating little servings of pink, unusual smelling applesauce at my house.

And Grandma tells me today that the redness of the eardrum is “resolving.” We’re officially on the mend!!!

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