One of the common infections that a baby may have is conjunctivitis or pinkeye, a condition which causes redness, itchiness and discharge in the eyes. There are also non-infectious conditions that can affect baby’s eyes such as irritation, redness or crustiness of the eyes. In these conditions, eye drops are needed to be given to treat or soothe them. If you have these eye conditions, seek the help of doctors first before attempting to use eye drops on your baby or child.So what are the proper ways of applying eye drops to babies? Here are some tips.
First, you should wash your hands before you attempt to place eye drops. This is to eliminate the risk of infections that you may give to your baby’s eyes. Every day, our hands are full of dirt and microorganisms that bring about infections and other diseases. After washing your hands, make sure that there is another person to help you is possible. This other person should help distract the baby from what you are about to do. To distract the baby’s attention, you can tell that person to shake a rattle or to act as a clown.
Act relaxed. If you are tense enough, the baby will sense this and will also feel tense and cry. If the baby cries, you will not be able to properly administer the eye drops. Do not appear nervous so that the baby will not be giving you a hard time. Speak in a soft manner and hold the baby gently yet in a firm way.
Next, position the baby in such a way that he is laying his back on the table top, bed or floor. You can wrap the baby in a blanket to minimize his movements. If the baby is older, he or she can be kept sitting upright. Whatever the position is, make sure that both of you are comfortable. Hold the baby’s head and keep him or her still. If he or she is lying on the floor, you should place your knees next to her head so that it can be kept steady. You can cradle your baby in your arms while he or she is sitting upright and place his or her head near your armpit so that you can fit her head near your body.
Next, gently pull down the baby’s eyelid with your index finger while also placing your thumb on his forehead and pulling up. Avoid stretching the eyelid too much. Just make sure you are pulling baby’s eyes open. Then, hold the eye dropper to around an inch above the baby’s eye and squeeze to deliver the desired amount of drops. Your hand should be steady when doing this. Repeat the process on the other side. After applying the eye drops, wash your hands again.During the next few days, your baby will get accustomed to what you do and this will soon become a comfortable experience for you. Learn how to handle your baby in administering medications so that you will not always have a hard time in giving medicines when he or she is sick.