I call it "Desitin Fingers." The white, gooey mess on your hands every time you apply a blob of diaper rash cream to a baby's butt.
Creams and ointments come with the job, and this brilliant hack from Kerry puts an old syringe to work as an applicator:
If baby needs ointment or lotion from a tube applied to a specific spot (like Vaseline to a circumcision site), use a needleless syringe.
We came home from the hospital with several syringes that we used for early nursing before my wife’s milk came in. I just popped the plunger out, filled the barrel with as much ointment as I could, then put everything back together.
Give it a test run so you’ve got an idea of the viscosity, but then you’ve got a much more controllable applicator than the tube the medicine came in.
The syringes used for oral medicine application work great as well.
*FOREHEAD SMACK* Why didn't I ever think of that?
Old syringes come in handy for all sorts of things. Parenthackers have suggested different uses such as administering sips of water to a half-awake but coughing toddler, serving lunchbox condiments, portioning out cupcake frosting and barbecue sauce, and even dispensing fish tank chemicals.
Do you have a creative use for those old syringes haunting your medicine cabinet? Let us know in the comments.
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