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