Home Health & Personal Care
to give eye drops to a young child
If your baby or
younger child has ever had an eye infection, you know how
difficult it is to give eye drops to a squirmy child who doesn't
want anything coming near his or her eyes. And since many
kids will keep their eyes closed, there is an easy way to
give eye drops by taking advantage of this.
Ask your child
to lie down flat, preferably on something like the bed without
the pillow. It is easiest if the head is facing up. If your
child's eyes are already closed, you are ready. If not, ask
him or her to close them "as if sleeping". It will
be easiest if they are not completely scrunched up, although
it will work if needed!
Place the eye drop
right where the tear duct is in the corner closest to the
nose. Then ask your child to look at you. When they eyes open,
the eye drops will naturally fall into the eyes once the eye
lids aren't preventing them from falling in. Repeat if neccessary,
then you are done!
And yes, this trick
will also work for older children and even adults who aren't
happy about getting eye drops either!
Always check with
your doctor of pharmacist before giving eye drops in this
manner, especially if there are any problems with the tear