I need help getting eye drops into my three year olds eyes.

Christy - posted on 02/18/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I need help getting eye drops into my three year olds eyes. That delicate flower gets superhuman strength and eyelids of steel when we approach her with the drops!!

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Melissa - posted on 03/05/2009

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Quoting Jaimie:

I put drops into lightly closed eyes. I know it sounds really bizarre, but if you have your child close their eyes, put the drop into the crorner of the eye (closest to the nose), then have them blink 2-3 times. There is no fight, no screaming. It works like magic.



This is exactly what my daughter's pediatrician had us do when she had pink eye. While I cannot say it was completely foolproof (she still didn't like doing it), it was a lot better than trying to pry her eyelids open. Good luck!

Jaimie - posted on 02/18/2009

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I put drops into lightly closed eyes. I know it sounds really bizarre, but if you have your child close their eyes, put the drop into the crorner of the eye (closest to the nose), then have them blink 2-3 times. There is no fight, no screaming. It works like magic.

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Quoting Stacey:



I have had to put eye gel into my 1 1/2 year old...good ol' pink eye from daycare.  What I have found to work best - and it's not perfect!! - is to have her lie down between my legs, with her head closest to me, her feet pointing towards my feet.  I place both of her arms under my legs and hold them down that way.  Daddy then helps keep her head still and her eye(s) open.  My daughter screamed bloody murder like we were hurting her, but the eye medication got where it was supposed to go.  Good luck!!!






I use this same exact method and it work wonderful!!!! bribe her into the position with a lolli-pop or ice pop if you can.

Freda - posted on 02/18/2009

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while your child is lying down drop a drop into corner of eye - as soon as the child opens his or her eye the drop will go in - recruit help to hold head still

Emily - posted on 02/18/2009

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I'm an optometric assistant and trust me, it can be either really difficult or really easy.  The best way is with another adult holding the child in a cradle position.  Wash your hands and using your index finger, gently pull down on her bottom lid and using your middle finger, pull the upper lid upward.  Have your child looking away put the drops into the bottom portion of the eye.  I hope I've explained this clearly because it's hard to put it into words.  Also, for her age, explain to her what you are doing.  You could also show her by putting a drop of visine into your eye or someone elses eye so that she can see that it won't hurt her.  Good luck!

Tina - posted on 02/18/2009

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I have been here before. My daughter is now 9 and a pro with the drops. At this age, I used to have her lie down on the couch, with her head propped up on the arm rest, have her put her chin up, and I would hold her eye open and put the drops in the bottom of her eye. Afterwards, praise, praise, praise for such a good job!!

Stacey - posted on 02/18/2009

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I have had to put eye gel into my 1 1/2 year old...good ol' pink eye from daycare.  What I have found to work best - and it's not perfect!! - is to have her lie down between my legs, with her head closest to me, her feet pointing towards my feet.  I place both of her arms under my legs and hold them down that way.  Daddy then helps keep her head still and her eye(s) open.  My daughter screamed bloody murder like we were hurting her, but the eye medication got where it was supposed to go.  Good luck!!!

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