A Spoon WILL help the medicine go down

I read an article on the Daily Mail which, quite frankly, was a scaremongering piece warning parents of the dangers of using a spoon to dispense medicine. They claimed that only droppers or syringes should be used to prevent causing harm to your child.

Personally, I HATE using the syringes you get with paracetamol for babies. When they're distressed enough as it is and thrashing about the place, you have to be SO careful that you don't stab their poor little gums with the tizzy nozzle at the end and then even when it goes into their mouths, I panic over whether or not they fight it and the syringe goes in too far making them gag. *shudder*

As far as older children go, Carson will always want to self administer his medicine and will not take it from a syringe as it is 'babyish'. OK, so some medicines come with those double ended spoons that allow you to choose the necessary dosage. But these spoons are so easy to spill on administering meaning it is unlikely they get enough of a dose as required. For me, I seem to get the most unsteady hand at times like this!!

So, is the Daily Mail article right in that spoons should never be used? Not at all.


spilly spoon, carsonsmummy blog review

Spilly Spoon's are the answer to such a dilemma. Medicine is poured into the handle of the spoon making for a non-spill way of giving medicine.

carsonsmummy blog review, spilly spoon

Not only can you accurately measure from 2.5ml to 10ml, but the spoon can be laid flat allowing you to pick up your child before administration which can help reduce distress further. Older children can take their medicine themselves without spilling it everywhere too!

carsonsmummy blog review, spilly spoon
We used milk here, just to show you!

Dishwasher and steriliser safe, small enough to keep in a change bag and seriously stress-reducing, they retail at £4.99 but are currently on offer for £4.50 at Amazon at the moment. I say go buy one!
Spilly Spoon Medicine Spoon (Green)

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56 comments:

  1. The spoon looks like a great idea, wish i come across these when my kids was younger. fab review :)

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  2. Sorry about my shocking attempts of commenting on your blog jo need a lesson on blogs lol, i wish i knew about this spoon when tyler was much younger as he didnt like the syringes much! This would still be fab now as he insists on doing his own medicine (supervised of course) xx

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  3. The spoon looks great! Personally I never take anything I read in the Daily Mail seriously (not that I ever read it, only a few times when friends point out silly articles or hilarious comments!).

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  4. I think it looks great :) Though we do use a syringe sometimes but if the children are distressed at the time we will use a spoon

    Stacey Guilliatt

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  5. I like the look and sound of it! I think it will be just as good as other baby spoons though x

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  6. Hasn't even crossed my mind as to which is the "best way" to give medicine but after reading this article i can say that il be wanting one of these cool spoons. Seems like less hassle to me. xx

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  7. great idea, I always end up spilling it everywhere

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  8. these spoons would be brilliant for us as we look after 3 grandchildren a lot and they need hay fever medicine which I always end up spilling

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  9. Seems like a brilliant idea if you ask me! I have stains on my carpet from spillages of calpol :(

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  10. Great idea...would love for the kids

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  11. This is a fab idea and I completely disagree with the daily mail I always use a spoon where possible to administer my sons medication my son won't take it from a syringe and he tends to take too much of the spoon so that it drips everywhere this would be perfect for us as he has to have daily medication.

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  12. looks great would love to try it

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  13. I think the Spilly Spoon is a great product. As it measures accurately, can be put down level ( e.g.on a table ) without the contents spilling. Whilst it can also be used accurately, easily, comfortably and safely to administer medication.

    I believe with babies and children that the dosage is based on weight. Therefore there is a need for accuracy. Sufficient in order to treat accurately and safely. Whilst avoiding over-dosing (i.e. giving too much medication), which is best avoided :- So as to protect baby / child from harm or damage.

    The Daily Mail article I believes tries to be informative. Whilst most parents are desperate to do the 'Right thing / s' for their babies and children. They are eager to provide good care, yet may be at risk of becoming anxious :- As so eager, yet may be in-experienced (new to situation etc). Also they may be tired due to lack of good quality sleep etc. Therefore it seems it would be best to prepare and support prospective parents / carers etc.

    Rachel Craig

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  14. Clever idea, a syringe is very intimidating for anyone especially a small person!
    Elisha

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  15. I think this spoon looks like a great idea. I take everything I read in the media with a pinch of salt, you have to do whats right for your children and if they need medicine I would use any means available to me to make them feel better.

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  16. I think this spoon looks good. I've used a spoon and a dropper before.

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  17. I think these look great! Im a mummy who has struggled getting my little ones to take medicine without 90% of it ending up on the floor so would be intrigued to try this out! x

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  18. Love the spoon, I can see where the article is coming from, you could possibly get the wrong dose but it is unnecessary to scare parents in this way.

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  19. It's a great idea. Especially when there's a actual dosage and not a "guestimation". Plus it looks a lot easier to handle when you have children that hate medicine and far less daunting than a syringe when pointed at a baby's mouth. :)

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  20. What a great idea, I find the syringes much easier than spoons so this would be great

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  21. a great idea far easier to get the medicine in the mouth

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  22. The newspapers love to scare us. Either way you can't seem to do anything right. I think these spoons are fab x

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  23. These are a great idea I always struggled to give olivia the right dose when she was a baby but I don't agree with the daily mail as we have already discussed ;)

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  24. they look different to the other spoons, would love to give one a go.

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  25. I like the look of these spoons. My little one isn't keen on taking his meds and he tries to grab the spoon before he puts it in his mouth and he spills it.

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  26. It's The Daily Mail! What else can you say? A spoon never harmed me. I'm healthy, well-educated and in a good job. What a load of rubbish!

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  27. I think it is a great idea

    Kay panayi

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  28. It looks a bit mad -- but always up for trying out something new

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  29. anything that makes life easier when dealing with a poorly child has got to be a good idea!

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  30. My little girl is so easy to get medicine down she had chronic reflux from tiny so got used to it but Ethan her twin is a whole different story I always feel terrible forcing his lips open with the syringe it's quite traumatic so I'd really like to try this

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  31. Good idea that makes life easier, especially when you are as tired as they are often.

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  32. fab spoons

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  33. I think these are a FAB Idea, think I watched once (maybe last year) on Choccywoccydoodah about these, they made the cake for the launch and it was FAB, the launch and the cake, she created a whole host of characters to represent Silly Spoon, it was amazingly presented and thought that they are a FAB addition to any medicine cupboard.

    Becci Cleary

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  34. I think these look brilliant

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  35. I think the Spilly Spoon looks fantastic. My daughter has to take a lot of different medicines and I am forever spilling it as I don't have a very steady hand! I would love to try one of these.

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  36. Caroline Howard2 August 2014 at 23:24

    I totally agree with you and this seems like a great solution. I have a 2 and a half year old who would love to do it himself and a 16 month old who won't take a syringe and never takes the full amount from a spoon through spillages so this would be perfect.

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  37. looks great, such a simple but effective product

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  38. good idea! from beth d

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  39. This is a really good idea, my husband could use it too because when he has cough mixture he spills it everywhere

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  40. Pam Francis Gregory3 August 2014 at 08:43

    Looks like a great idea!

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  41. This sounds like such a great idea!

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  42. I don't have any children but would love to win this prize for charity, to go to Romania.

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  43. looks good - a great idea
    (Spencer Broadley)

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  44. This seems like a fantastic idea. Would love on for my fussy toddler x

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  45. Brilliant invention - love to try x

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  46. Great invention - especially if it reduces the stress when your child is poorly

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  47. fantastic invention I think its great

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