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Eye drops

(10 Posts)
doodlejump1980 Wed 17-Feb-16 22:41:53

How on earth are you meant to put eye-drops in a very wriggly one-year-old???

SnuffleGruntSnorter Wed 17-Feb-16 22:43:56

Give him a big tight hug with one arm facing away from you. Accomplice blows bubbles high into the air to get him to look up and away.

Ninja mum skills to get the drops in. Good luck!

doodlejump1980 Wed 17-Feb-16 22:58:55

Thanks for the tip. Twins both with conjunctivitis. Sigh.

SnuffleGruntSnorter Wed 17-Feb-16 23:19:16

Wow, that's a LOT of drops! Make sure you wash your hands well so you don't catch it. Good luck!

Wardrobespierre Wed 17-Feb-16 23:22:16

Are the drops definitely needed? Conjunctivitis rarely needs drops. If it's a v serious case or not cleared in a fortnight though they are necessary, sometimes putting the drops in the corner of their closed eyes when calm or asleep is good. You then get them to open their eyes and the drops run in.

doodlejump1980 Thu 18-Feb-16 10:02:35

Yup the doc prescribed them as one of the twins rubbed his eyes so much in his sleep it made the skin under his eyes bleed. Eyes glued shut. It's horrendous! And now I've got it too. We're gonna need a bigger boat...

DearTeddyRobinson Thu 18-Feb-16 10:18:44

You could ask the pharmacist for ointment (Brochlor) which has the same active ingredient (chloramphenicol). It's way easier to apply than the drops and my DS certainly tolerated the indignity better! Also worth wiping the eyes with cotton wool dipped in cooled boiled water with salt.
Good luck, it's a right pain, DS seems to get it twice every winter!

Wardrobespierre Thu 18-Feb-16 18:53:35

How are you getting on?

Conjunctivitis is horrible and often the problem with little ones is they just can't be taught not to scratch. Have you tried scratch mitts?

Hope you don't mind me mentioning the necessity thing. Conjunctivitis is one of those things which rarely needs treatment but docs routinely prescribe or people buy over the counter and it is becoming antibiotic resistant. I think it's tough with eyes as it's hard not to worry about something so vulnerable isn't it?

My youngest gets conjunctivitis with nearly every cold and we spend so much time washing his eyes because they're glued shut.

Hope you're all on the men's soon!

doodlejump1980 Thu 18-Feb-16 19:43:26

Thanks wardrobespierre I think it's less gunky today. We have one twin who will happily lie back and take the drops and one who screams blue murder when you go anywhere near his face let alone his eyes. Mine are sore. I've chucked my lenses. No more until 1. I'm better and 2. The optician delivers some more!

Wardrobespierre Thu 18-Feb-16 21:54:18

Men's? Mend! Ruddy auto correct. Your typing is better than mine even with sticky eyes.

Glad things are improving. smile

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