I’m not sure if there is anything I hate more as a parent, then when my child is sick – especially when they are young. About 3 weeks ago, Jacob came down with a horrible cough in the middle of the night. He was coughing so loudly and so much that it woke me up. Sure enough, 3 days later Zellene, Maggie, and I all had it as well. Ugh – I knew I shouldn’t have let them play in that fast food play-place.
Naturally, I did what any parent does when illness strikes. I fired up the humidifiers, broke out the vapor rub, and grabbed my bottle of Hyland’s cough syrup. Everyone got a dose before bed. Maggie (now almost 5 years old) knows the drill and generally takes medicine like a champ. Jake ( 2 years old) – well, Jake runs for it. I have to tackle that boy and then he generally gives in and just takes it, unhappily. Zellene, well, at just 6 months old, giving her medicine is generally a 2 person job. Orin held Zellene and I ever so slowly used the syringe to drop it in her mouth………….and watched as half of it rolled back out. Ugh. All I could think to myself was, “man, thank goodness this wasn’t a prescription drug she really needed to consume!”
As luck would have it, just as we were getting better, I was contacted by a company that obviously had been reading my mind. Medi-Pals claimed to make giving oral medication to children a piece of cake; I couldn’t wait to try it out!
Medi-Pals are available in 3 fun animal dispensers: frog, ladybug, & crab. We were sent a ladybug and frog to test out and although my kids are no longer sick (knock on wood!) I wanted to go ahead and test them out so I can tell YOU about them while we’re in the thick of cold and flu season.
How To Use
- Fill syringe with oral medicine to the dosage specified by the doctor.
- Place split-tip nipple into face plate securely (there is a notch in the nipple so it stays in place)
- Put syringe with medicine into the back of split-tip nipple
- Carefully administer medicine to infant by slowly pushing plunger into the syringe
- Wash thoroughly so it will be ready for the next use
Real World Testing
It seemed easy enough to me, so first I gave it a try with Zellene. Now, babies like to investigate everything. I knew the minute I put it in Zellene’s mouth, she’d want to pull it out and give it a good look. So, before attempting anything else, I gave it to her to play with for about 3 minutes. She looked at it and put it right in her mouth – just the way it should go! She actually seemed to really like chewing/sucking on the nipple. Things were looking good.
She’s not sick, so I just filled the syringe with a little bit of water. Then I enlisted my husband to help so I could snap some pictures. Zellene did GREAT! There are two small slits in the nipple that make it easy for liquid to flow through. She sucked it right down without any of the water spilling. In fact, I think she wanted more when we were done.
Next up came Jacob. I showed him the Frog and explained that, from now on when he gets medicine, he gets to drink it through the froggie. Well, he thought that was pretty cool and wanted to give it a try too. Again, we tried water, but he was very eager to test it out and (I think) will be eager to use it again when the time comes that he needs real medicine in there.
I’m genuinely impressed with the Medi-Pals dispenser. At just $10, if it makes giving my children medicine (especially during a time when they aren’t feeling well) a more enjoyable experience for them, then I’m all for it! Thanks Medi-Pals!
Disclosure: I was sent these items from Medi-Pals at no cost to facilitate a review. I have been compensated for hosting this giveaway. All opinions are my own. Consult your doctor before giving your child medications.