How to Put Eyedrops in Your Child's Eyes

What to do when your child hates having eyedrops put in his eyes

putting eyedrops into a child's eyes
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If your child's eyes are itchy and irritated by seasonal allergies, or if he has an eye infection that requires the use of medication, your pediatrician may recommend medicated eye drops. But many kids hate the idea—not to mention the sensation—of having drops put into their eyes. Whether your child is a pint-sized kindergartner or a big kid in fifth grade, here's a gentle, stress-free way to get those drops into your child's eyes without tears or trauma.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 3 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Wash your hands and have the eye drops ready.
  2. Have your child lie down on his bed, the sofa, or your lap and close his eyes. Ask him to relax. (Optional: You can play some soothing music or his favorite tunes as an extra distraction.)
  3. Starting with one eye, use your thumb and forefinger to gently spread apart his upper and lower eyelid. You don't have to open the eye--just a slight parting of the lids is fine.
  4. Holding the medication over the parted lids but not touching the eye, put in one drop (or other recommended dosage) of the medicine.
  5. Ask your child to gently open his eyes completely and blink gently, taking care not to squeeze his eyes shut. This will allow the medication to go into his eye completely.
  6. Repeat with the other eye.

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