Just when I thought everything is going well, I am now back to the stressful feeding period, which actually is much worse now.
Hazel is aware and very cautious what goes into her mouth now. As she drinks everything through syringe, she will turn her head left and right afraid that what I am feeding her is medicine. Only when the syringe touch her lips and she briefly smell or tasted that it is milk, she will then allow me to syringe in. But she is very cautious with every syringes of milk! It is taking a long time to feed her now.
I was able to mask the medicine in between the milk last time. If I were to do that now, the rest of the milk she is not going to drink. She will fuss, struggle out of the baby chair, turning her head, hand blocking her mouth or brushing my syringe away. When I am alone, I will finish feeding her the milk first, then hold her chin to syringe in the medicines. She allowed for first few times. Then she started to struggle more whenever I tried to do that. So I change method and hold her head. She allowed for afew times and now she struggle plus scream plus cry. Evening time, hubb is around to help me with the medicine. But it has comes to a point where 2 of us could not make her swallow her medicine. We managed to hold her down and syringe in, but she refused to swallow. She will cry and let everything flow out. Her screams sounds like we are trying to cut her limbs off. -.-“‘
It is especially stressful during the morning feed with medicine time. I am alone with no help. I don’t have the strength to hold her down and syringe in the medication. It used to be 4 syringes of medication meaning 4 times of struggling and battling with her, and 4 times to traumatize her. Now I try to mix the tablets together and reduced the syringes to 2. It is still not easy.
I am happy that she is more aware now and getting “clever” in a way. On the other hand, I am getting so stressed up that I think I’ve aged another 10 years. Sigh.