Saturday, July 29, 2006

Day 159 - How to give eyedrops or eye medicine

Today's First Time Parenting Tip - Get help from a friend or hold your baby's head between your knees (gently) to give eye medicine.

Unless you're extremely lucky and have a well natured baby that lets you do all the poking proddding and preening you need to without a fuss, you probably struggle with doing anything to your baby's face - like wiping or giving eye drops. If you have to do it by yourself, it can be quite a daunting task...between holding their head still, holding the eye dropper, holding their eyes open and solving a calculus equation all while juggling fire is next to impossible.

If you're with another person, its nice to have the extra set of hands hold the body still while you focus on getting the drops in their eye. Gently slide your finger on the skin just above their eyelid to open it up if they're squinting shut.

If you're by yourself, you're going to have to get on the ground. Put their head in between your knees, with their arms underneath your legs. Make sure all of your weight is on the floor, and not on them. Gently place your legs on either side of their head. You don't have to squeeze at all, but they also shouldn't be able to move their head from side to side. This leaves your hands free to open their eyes and squeeze in the drops.

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