Eye medicines come in two forms—ointment and drops.
Drops are easier to
give but can sting a bit if the eyes are inflamed.
Ointment requires more control and
less squirming because you have to get close to the eye.
to Giving Your Baby Eye Medicine
baby still. You want to ensure that baby’s
hands don’t get in the way. If you don’t have another person to
help, you can “mummy” the baby in the burrito wrap. If an extra
pair of hands is available, have that person hold baby’s head while you
hold baby’s body so you don’t have a moving target. This gets harder as
baby gets older! Newborns are easy enough to handle solo.
baby on a soft surface. You
will need to bend over your baby, so placing her on a couch, bed,
or carpet will make giving the eye medicine easier, and less
stressful for baby.
down the lower eyelid while holding the medicine
in your dominant hand. Pulling the eyelid down will form a pouch
into which you deliver the drops or a ribbon of ointment.