Getting Eye Drops/ Ointment into Toddler's Eyes

Updated on December 15, 2011
L.A. asks from Kew Gardens, NY
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Mammas & Papas -

DS woke up today with what might be pink eye. He's being seen by the doctor today. Whether or not we need drops or ointment today, we might someday soon so I thought to ask you seasoned parents for tips on how to do so successfully.

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DS is 14 months old. He's strong and very mobile. He hates being pinned down, and I have taken to "stand up" diaper changes.

Thanks a bunch,
Fanged Bunny

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answers from Spokane on

My ped told me to drop the drops on the inside corner of the eye b/c typically a little one will close their eyes and when they open them once you drop the liquid and they feel it the drops will go into/on the eye.
It really does work!

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answers from Dallas on

My daughter has had 4 eye surgeries and we could never get her to let us put the eye drops in her eyes. The doctor told us to put them in the corner of her eyes. We would just have her lay on her back and close her eyes then drop the medicine in the corners of her eye by her nose. Then we would just count to three and she would open her eyes and the drops would slide in. She would hold my hands when she opened her eyes just to help keep her from rubbing the eyes.
Good Luck!!!

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answers from Dallas on

Ditto - drops into the corner of eye. I also try to "trick" my kiddos to look in the opposite direction like - OK let's see if you can cross your eyes while I do this or look at that. At 14 months, though, I'd distract with a toy.
Opt for ointment if you have the option - easier to smear it on as they run by then aim a drop - LOL

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answers from Colorado Springs on

I can tell you what works for *me* - and my eyes react strongly to anything moving near them; you should see me when my eyes have to dilated for a simple eye checkup! No, on second thought, you don't want to see that.

I look at the ceiling and then close my eyes. Then I put a drop of whatever it is near my *closed* eyelid. When I open my eye, the drop goes in my eye.

It feels idiotic, but it works for me, and maybe your boy will put up with it, too.

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answers from New York on

I have the same toddler. Had to pin her down with help to get the drops in.
It sucks but that was the ONLY way. I don't mind doing things like that because its for her own good!
Good luck!



answers from Dallas on

Something that helps with my son and medicine is having them "help" or do it WITH you as opposed to having it done TO them. My son will take all oral medicine because he gets to give it to himself. He'll even take yucky stuff as long as there's a drink nearby. It's amazing.


answers from New York on

lay him back a little. slowly put a few drops on the side of his eyes near his nose. hopefully it will drip in. This has worked for me.



answers from New York on

I have to do use eye drops on my toddler several times and just like the others have said....I tell him to close his eyes, look up at the sky and then I drop some into the corner of his eye. The fun part for him (as suggested by the Dr) was he had to open and close, open and close his eyes a few times. We would make a game of it. It definitely helped. Good Luck :)

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