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My dd (3.75) has conjunctivitis, and I'm having a terrible job getting her drops in. She fights me, screws her eyes up, pulls her head away, pulls my hand away - it took me 20 minutes to get one eye done this morning, and I ended up getting most of the bottle down her front! Does anyone have any tips for administering eye drops easily?
Put her head back, might be easier to lie her down. Put the bottle flat in the dip at the bridge of her nose so the spout is just over the corner of her eye. Gently squeeze a drop, should land in her eye. This works for adults, I haven't tried it on children but hopefully it will work.
my BIL was talking to me about this the other night - he runs a pharmacy and as such often has to dispense eye drops and advise parents how to administer them. He always thought it sounded SOOO easy - until his DD had conjunctivitis (sp) last week and he discovered that even while sleeping she would close her eyes really tightly so that the drops wouldn't go in - he reckons the person who develops a foolproof way of giving eye drops to little kids will be a millionaire in a very short space of time
What worked for us (and I've mentioned it on here before) is me getting conj too so I needed eye drops as well. DD (then just 3) agreed to the trade off of putting Daddy's drops in before I put hers in. You could try it just using Optrex if you didn't want to go the whole hog and get infected.
The method that was taught to me was to lay the child down on the floor with their head between your knees - so that you are at their head end if you see what I mean. This stops them from turning their head to the side. With one hand/arm hold their arms down on their chest. Then put the drops into the corner of both eyes. They will be tightly screwed up of course. They will b e fighting you, but you can tell them that when they open their eyes, you will let them up. If you have managed not to let their head turn, then the drops will go in when their eyes open. It is not esepcially nice to hold them down, but needs must.
haven't read everyone's answers to this so might be repeating.However,I was told to lie little one on my knee and,if they battle when u try to open their lids,just put some in the inside corner.When they open their eyes,the drops-most of them anyway-fall into their eyes.
All-in wrestling would probably be easier than giving a child eye-drops! I tried putting them into the inside corner of her eyes at lunchtime but I think I must be doing it wrong, as I still ended up with more drops on the sofa than in her eye! Thank you for all your ideas ... I think I shall be working my way through all of them over the next couple of days.
She's doing a bit better actually, mistressmary - she tells me that she needs the drops in, fetches them for me and lies down to have them put in. It's still a bit of a fight for me to keep her eyes open, because she still struggles a bit (can't blame her, actually, I hate eyedrops), but she's being really good about it, which makes things a bit easier. I tried putting it in the corner of her eyes but it just ended up running down her face, so I'm back to holding her eye open, but at least she's being more co-operative about it now. Thanks for asking!