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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.
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