Any suggestions for using eye drops on a 5 month old?

Abbie - posted on 09/08/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son has to have eye drops 3 times a day for the next week. I tried them tonight, and he pushed my hands, turned his head and put up a fuss. I tried holding his arms down with my forearm as I put them in too. I'm going to be doing it on my own at night, and my husband will be doing it during the day. I'm not eve sure if the drops went in his eyes! Any good tips?

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Abbie - posted on 09/09/2009

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Thanks! I tried swaddling him real tight, he just wiggled extra :) haha. But I did have better luck the third time he had it done. I did a drop in each eye then took a diaper break, then did the second drop. Having his paci in too helped him relax and just let me do it. Thanks for the support!

Heather - posted on 09/09/2009

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I work for an Ophthalmologist, and we have to put drops into eyes of babies all the time. There is really no getting around having to hold their hands down. The hard part is that you are by yourself and have no one to hold the babies hands and arms down. If you could find someone to do that, you could try to pry the eye open and drop the drops in quickly. If no luck, if you drop right into the crease of the eyelids, they will eventually open their eye and the drop will go in. Bottom line pretty much is that the drops have to go in no matter what unfortunately. You will find your own way! All parents do! Good Luck

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wrap him in a blanket so he cant get his hands in the way, as if when you wrapped the blanket to swaddle him in when he was younger (like the nurses would do at the hospital)



This way you can hold his head still, try to find a way to position him in your lap so its easier to deal with the wiggles. with the hand your holding the dropper in use one finger (most likely your pinky finger will be the easiest) hold open the lid (just the bottom lid will do) and put the drop(s) in. as long as the drop hits the inside layer of the bottom lid you've got it.



Hope that helps, its the same thing my grandmother had to do when I was young since I had eye issues and I was a wiggler!



Oh and talk or sing while you do it, it will help a bit to relax him and semi distract him (heck you could practice peek a boo if you wanted to)

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