Eyedrops deliver medicine directly to the eyes. Your child's doctor may prescribe eyedrops for a number of reasons, including treating an infection such as conjunctivitis (pinkeye), keeping the eyes moist, helping with redness or itching, and easing allergy symptoms.
Putting eyedrops into your own eyes, much less your child's, may seem like a daunting task, but with some preparation, practice, and patience, you can administer your child's eyedrops quickly and effectively. Take a deep breath, relax, follow these steps, and you'll be experienced in no time.
Sometimes eyedrops will create a taste in your child's mouth or your child may feel the drops in his nose or throat. If the symptoms are not relieved by the time the prescription is finished, notify the doctor.
A squirming, reluctant infant may not hold still long enough for you to give a small eyedrop. Here's another method for a wriggling patient:
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