15 January 2010

Serve toddlers soup with a personal medicine cup "ladle"

Leah's found a great way to reuse the dosing cups that come with liquid medicines:

My two year-old daughter loves egg drop soup, but it's so slippery she can rarely get it onto the soup spoon and then into her mouth. We came up with the idea of giving her a bowl of soup and letting her use a small plastic liquid medicine dosing cup (the kind that come with Zyrtec and Tylenol bottles) to use to dip into the soup so she can eat it. It acts just like a big spoon...no mess and she actually gets to eat her soup with the rest of us!

Related: Healthier chicken noodle soup
More: Feeding/nursing tips  

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My kid really likes the big Chinese-style soup spoons. You can plastic ones at Asian markets for a pittance (like four for a dollar).

My daughter drinks soup with a straw. Amazing that noodles can also get slurped up this way!

We also use the deep bowled Asian soup spoons with great success.

I'll probably get slammed for saying this, but I don't like your hack. I never think it is a good idea to use a cup that is supposed to be for medicine with something else. I think that confuses children and could be potentially dangerous if they were somehow able to get into the liquid medicine. By the way, I'm a nurse.

Like Louise above, we also use a straw for soup with our daughter...she uses the straw for the all important broth (when sick) and a spoon for the noodles unless it's chicken with stars ... the stars go up the straw too!

No slamming allowed! I'm glad you spoke up, Debbie -- the "anti-" comments always provide food for thought. Please keep it up.

We using a measuring spoon, usually the 1 tablespoon size.

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