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Hello all, dd had conjunctivitis and am having a nervous breakdown trying to get eye drops into her eyes (she is 2 and a half) so far the only way I have been able to do it is to sit on her and force her eyes open very traumatic for both of us!!!! any ideas?!
have you got anything that would entertain her whilst you do it? we have a spider which climbs up on top of our shower rail when ds1 <big wusss> needs his hair shampooing, and all manner of tricks to get the other two to have inhalers - none causing probs now but when they used to fight, gawd it was hard!
If you can get the fucithalmic viscous eye drops prescribed you can do it when she's asleep, do it when she's in deep sleep and it's OK. Haven't tried to do it with the actual liquid drops but IMHnon-medicalO they are a load of old crap anyway. Good luck, it's a bugger to get rid of.
1. eye drops are not essential. My GP won't prescribe them any more unless there is no improvement after 3 days. So don't panic if you don't get any in. Cleansing regularly (2-3 times daily) with cooled boiled water will normall be sufficient to treat most eye infections.
2. As far the eydropsWrap her in a towel, swaddling her so her arms are restrained. Lie back on a bean-bag/duvet/propped up cusions. Pop a drop in hte corner. It oesn't matter if her eyes are closed. The drops will go in as soon as she opens them.
If your current method is getting teh drops into her eyes then stick with it At that age I doubt whether you'd get cooperation any other way, though she may get more used to it.
My 23 month old DD screamed blue murder - but I later found her re-enacting the trauma with her teddies, putting 'drops' into their eyes with a pen, then picking them up for a cuddle and saying 'all gone'. I guess they subliminally konw that it's for their own good or something...
If it is the drops, just pour them onto closed eye and when she opens them some will go in anyway. Health professionals say for the first few days you can give more often than the guidelines say. if it is the cream/gel thingy put a touch on your finger and rub along eyelashes to the same effect. Remember to use a clean/different finger for second eye.
thanks guys, it is a bit of a nightmare, that eye drop you can do in their sleep sounds good, think if it hasn't improved will aim to get some of that! She has had it since last friday and tried no eyedrops yesterday and her eyes were all gungy again by the end of the day so agree that the drops the chemist gave me are pretty rubbish! Worked out today about the putting the drops on closed eyes but she is not silly and point blank refused to open her eyes for about 5 mins by which time most of the drops had ran down her face!!! oh the joys! XxX