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How do you put eye drops in a 3 year old's eyes?
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: Depends on kid
If they will hold still, put your thumb on the cheek below the eye and pull the skin down creating a shelf with the lower lid.
Put the drops on the shelf. If they fight it, use a 2nd person to steady the head while you use the same maneuver.

In brief: Depends on kid
If they will hold still, put your thumb on the cheek below the eye and pull the skin down creating a shelf with the lower lid.
Put the drops on the shelf. If they fight it, use a 2nd person to steady the head while you use the same maneuver.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine
In brief: Two ways
The first is to have the child hold/pull their lower lid down, and drop the drops onto the lower lid.
At 3 years old, the child may or may not be able to do this. The second way is to have the child lay down, and drop 3-4 drops into the medial corner of the eye, and hold their head until they open the eye. This will flood the eye with the drops.

In brief: Two ways
The first is to have the child hold/pull their lower lid down, and drop the drops onto the lower lid.
At 3 years old, the child may or may not be able to do this. The second way is to have the child lay down, and drop 3-4 drops into the medial corner of the eye, and hold their head until they open the eye. This will flood the eye with the drops.
Dr. Gregory Hines
Dr. Gregory Hines
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