Putting drops or ointment in a baby/toddlers eye

Avery had a low-grade eye infection last week and I had to put ointment in her eyes. I had such a hard time with it. Like, seriously, you expect me to keep a baby still with their eyes open while I squirt a 1/2" ribbon of goop under they're eyelid? Crazy doctor.

Luckily my friend is a pharmacist and she told me I could do it this way. First, wash your hands really well. Then get a little ball of the ointment on the tip of your finger. Gently pull back the upper eyelid with your other hand and wipe the ointment under their upper eyelashes. Get as close to the root of the eyelash as you can and they'll blink it the rest of the way in. It took less then half a second and Avery didn't even fuss!

For drops, have the child close their eyes and then put a drop or too in the very corner of their eye by the nose. Then let them open their eyes and turn their head a bit so the drop runs in. They'll blink it the rest of the way.

Good luck!

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    04/24/14
    Beth
    I haven't had to do eye drops ever, but this is a great thing to remember! Hopefully I won't ever have the occasion to use it ;)
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      04/24/14
      8Theresa Gould
      I don't think I've ever had to give eye drops except with our son who had the tear duct surgery. But good to know there's another way.
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      I'm the proud mama of my daughter Avery, born on June 6, 2013. I'm 26 years old, I work from home as a graphic designer, I will be testing for my 5th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do in 2015. My husband, Derek, and I have been happily married for 3 years.