It can be very distressing when a child is suffering from an affliction that affects their eyes. It is always hard to watch a child suffering and in discomfort. This hard-felt pang of pain within a parent is only natural for any form of illness or afflictions. In their distressed and edgy state, children can often unwittingly make it more difficult for a relative or a professional to care for them. Wallowing in their own self-pity, they evoke martyrdom as they refuse almost any treatment other than a lollipop.
Eye afflictions are particularly difficult to soothe in a child due to the perceived discomfort of applying Eye Drops. Here is a guide to applying Eye Drops to a child that is as stress-free as possible to the patient and the carer.
Firstly it is important that you thoroughly wash your hands and any part of your person that may come in contact with the patient. This will alleviate the possible of further infections entering the eye. Then shake the bottle and remove the cap, throwing away the plastic seal.
Then choose the position of the child. Either get them to tilt their head back or lay flat on their back. If your child is particularly distressed, it may be prudent to get somebody that the child trusts to hold them down. If you are applying the Eye Drops to a baby or young child, wrap them in a blanket to keep their arms and legs still.
Gently pull down the child’s lower eyelid. Hold the dropper above the child’s eye and squeeze a single drop onto the surface of the eyelid. Make sure that you avoid touching the child’s eye, eyelashes or any part of their body with the dropper. Release the lower eyelid and let your child blink in order to spread the Eye Drop around the eye.
Wipe away an excess with a clean tissue. Be particularly careful if you have applied Dry Eye Drops for conjunctivitis or another dry eye condition.
If your child wears contact lenses then it may be prudent to use a chemical-free Contact Lens Eye Drops. This will prevent any potential problems and irritations that the child may face as a result of the combination of Eye Drops and contact lenses.
Furthermore, if you need to apply more than one type of Eye Drop, do not do so immediately. Wait a few minutes after applying one Eye Drop before the other. This will stop the first one from being washed out by the second before the second begins to work.