10 Health Tricks Every Parent Must Know

Give Medicine to a Baby or Toddler

How to do it: Place your child in an infant seat or have another person cradle her in a similar position, then let her have several licks of an ice pop or ice cube. Now quickly squirt the medicine into the side of her mouth, between her cheek and her gums.

Why it works: Cold numbs your baby's tongue and cheeks, making her less sensitive to taste and less likely to spit the medication back up. (Serving medicine cold -- with your doctor's okay -- can also lessen an unappealing taste.)

When to call the doctor: If your child is too sick to keep the medicine down, or if she spits up two or more doses.

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