I had to do this for my goddaughter and it was not fun I can tell you. It is so much harder with babies because you cannot explain to them, in a way that they will understand, why they have to have them, the same can be said for any sort of medicine you have to give a baby. My goddaughter got quite bad conjunctivitis. Her mother said, that when she woke up in the morning there was so much junk there that she couldn’t even open her eyes! So my cousin brought her over and she called the health visitor to see what to do, then proceeded to make my goddaughter a doctor’s appointment.
Quick Tip: Anything to do with children and anything really, follow your gut, if you think they need to go the doctors or hospital, take them! There is no limit to how many times you can take any child to the doctors, so just do it.
After they had been to the doctors, who had prescribed her eye drops, the first few times it had to take three of us to get the eye drops in her eyes. The following day, I thought that I was going to be on my own when she needed to have the eye drops, so my mother reminded me that just put the drops in the tear ducts of her eye (the corner closest to the baby’s nose) and she will naturally just blink them in. There is no easy way to give a baby eye drops but I have tried this with my Nana and it only took two of us to give her eye drops. RESULT!!!
Here’s how to do it if you are on your own:
- Have the eye drops ready, because if you don’t this will be harder to do when you have the baby in your arms lying flat.
- Hold the baby, with her hands down, so that they cannot get in the way, also try and get the baby’s head between the arm that is holding her arms and your chest so that their head will not move as much.
- Place however many drops you need to in the tear ducts of their eyes (the corner closest to the baby’s nose).
- Then, if needed, do the same on the other eye.
- The baby will cry and scream but try to keep him or her lying down, until all the eye drop has made it into his or her eye(s).
Here’s how to do it if you have someone who can help you:
- Whoever is applying the eye drops should have the eye drops ready, so that the process will be done quickly, thus making it less stressful for the child.
- One of you hold the baby, using one arm to hold the baby’s head securely and their arms down and the other supporting the child.
- The person applying the eye drops should now place however many drops needed in the tear duct in one eye (the corner closest to the baby’s nose).
- Then, if needed do the same on the other eye.
- The baby will cry and scream but try to keep them lying down, until all the eye drop has made it into his or her eye.
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