Pink eye in 13 month old any tips on how to get the medicine in her eye?

Amy - posted on 04/17/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 13 months old and has pink eye, the doctor gave us an antibiotic ointment to put in her eye 4 times a day. My husband and are never home together so we'll have to fight her without help from each other any have any tricks they want to share, I would really appreciate it!

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Kate CP - posted on 04/17/2011

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Well, if you're still breastfeeding you can forgo the ointment and just put breast milk in her eyes. I know it sounds crazy but both my kids just recently had pinkeye and after putting breast milk in their eyes 3-4 times a day it went away after 2-3 days. With my son, who's nearly 3 months old, I did it every time he ate which is every 2-3 hours and it was gone within a day.

I always "sat" on my daughter to get stuff in her eyes. She'd lay on the floor or bed and I would straddle her, pinning her arms to her sides with my knees. Then I have both hands free to deal with her head and the medicine. Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 04/17/2011

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Yep- the straddle method is the only one that worked for me and I use "worked" very losely. My hubs and I are never home at the same time and eye ointment was the worst thing Ever! My daughter fights like a possessed banshee so I had to straddle her and hold her head between my knees and then pry her eye 1/2 open. It was awful. But, the infection did go away. Hope they told you to do both eyes- otherwise they'll just transfer it back and forth!!
Good luck

Theresa - posted on 04/17/2011

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I had drops for my sons pink eye when he was 11 months. I just laid him on my lap and pinned one arm between me and him and the other between my elbow (the arm applying the medicine) and him. Then I dropped the two drops in one eye, set the dropper down and opened his eye a bit to get it in. Then did the same with the other eye. After I wiped the excess off his eyes and cuddled him. The first couple days he fussed after that he seemed resigned to it and didn't fight it. The doc said I didn't have to hold his eye open to put the drops in, just put them in the corner, then open the eye a bit to get them in.

Dina - posted on 04/17/2011

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sit cross-legged on the floor with her in the middle...using you one leg to hold her in place (dont squeeze though)...in this position she would be slightly reclines back, and with one arm across her body opening her eye use the other one to put the drop in...this worked for my son as he was sitting in my lap in a sense and he didn't try to fight me till last second when I opened his eye up.

Karen - posted on 04/17/2011

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what i do is lay him on the floor, straddle him (no weight on him, just lets me use my legs to hold his arms tight against his sides) then i have both hands free to keep his head still while i drop the drops in - put the drops right into the corner by the nose with eyes closed then pry eye open a bit to allow them to slide in. it's much easier then trying to keep them open while doing the drops.

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Kate CP - posted on 04/17/2011

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The breast milk may be easier because it doesn't sting or feel funny in the eye. (Yes, I tried it on myself because I got pinkeye, too!) Good luck and I hope it clears up for you guys soon. Just remember: LOTS of hand washing!

Amy - posted on 04/17/2011

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Thanks ladies it looks like I'm going with the straddle method, although I haven't mastered it yet, lol. Kate I am still breastfeeding so I'll alternate between the two since at the rate I'm going I'll be out of the antibiotics by Tuesday! Sarah he did not tell us to treat both eyes but we were only at a clinic I'm going to call her actual pediatrician tomorrow first thing to see if he wants to see her and I'll ask him if I should be treating both eyes. Thanks again ladies hopefully she'll stop fighting it because it's not fun!

Kim - posted on 04/17/2011

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I had to pin my son down. I would lay him on the floor put my leg over his arms hold his head with one hand and put the drops in. He screamed and I felt horrible but there was no other way.

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