HOW DO YOU GET A TOD­DLER TO TAKE EYE DROPS FOR CONJUNCTIVITIS?

Reveal - - STYLE FILE - Rosa, Hull

With dif­fi­culty. Sticky, red eyes are com­mon in ba­bies and tod­dlers and are of­ten caused by block­age of the tear ducts. Most cases set­tle with­out the need for drops – clean gently around the eyes with cot­ton wool soaked in warm water, and mas­sage the tear duct area (the in­ner cor­ners). If your tod­dler does need an­tibi­otic drops, get him or her to lie on their back, look­ing up at you, and re­lease the drops into the in­ner corner of the eye socket, rather than the eye it­self. The child will shut his or her eyes as the drop­per ap­proaches, but the drops will spill into their eye the sec­ond they open them again.

Dr Phil says, ‘If you can’t nod off, get head­phones you can sleep in and drift away to mu­sic.’

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