Helena Lee is a
nurse practitioner and resourceful new mother from England who got tired of
playing the medicine game with her infant son, Alfie. In a moment of sheer
frustration, after struggling to lower his temperature, she remembered a simple hack from long ago.
Photograph by Facebook
photomontage, which she posted to Facebook, came with a helpful tip and has now been shared more than 121,750
times. It's useful and, best of all, it won't cost you a cent.
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...... Then i remembered seeing this trick.. Not 1...
"So for the
last 24 hours I've struggled to get Alfie to take Calpol [a pain and fever
reliever for babies], he has ended up covered in half of it where he spits it
at me," the mom writes. "Then I remembered seeing this trick. Not one
bit got wasted and no tears. Please feel free to share with any baby mummies you
The hack itself
is laughably simple. Using the plastic syringe that comes with the medicine,
take an ordinary baby bottle lid, flip it upside down, and stick the tip of the syringe
into the top of the rubber nipple.
Voila! No more
sticky aftermath from wrestling with a fussy baby. You can thank Helena Lee
In an interview
with the Manchester Evening News, Lee told reporters that she tried giving Alfie both
little bits at a time and squirting it all in at once. "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."
Though she never
dreamed that a simple trick to administer medicine would have created such a
stir, Lee is thrilled to have affected so many people in such a positive way.
completely overwhelmed by the response it's had,” she said. “I just intended to
help out a few of my mummy friends on Facebook."
And help them,
she did. The post currently has reactions from at least 45,000 people on Facebook—and counting.
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