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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2006 11:06 am 
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Our paediatrician prescribed Patanol eye drops for both my sons.

A few years ago she had prescribed a different eye drop for one of my sons, and he was so scared of them, and fought, cried, and screamed to the point of breaking out in hives every time we tried to give them to him. So we stopped, thinking there's no way the benefits could outweigh all of that stress.

This time he's much older, and we want him to stick with it. He's been really bothered by "allergic eyes" this fall. But he is still scared, and having a hard time with it.

I was wondering if anyone had tips on giving eyedrops to little kids in the quickest, least unpleasant way?

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1 son allergic to eggs, peanuts, green peas, chick peas, lentils and tomatoes
(avoiding tree nuts and most other legumes too)
1 son allergic to eggs, and has outgrown peanuts
Both with many environmental allergies, asthma and eczema


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2006 2:51 pm 
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You could try having him lie down with his eyes closed. Put a drop in the inside corner of his eye (while his eyes are closed), once the medicine has been "dropped", have him blink his eyes a few times. The drops invariably end up in his eye once his eyes are opened and the blinking helps to move the medication into the rest of his eye area. I hope this helps :) .


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2006 3:33 pm 
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i don't know old your son is, but maybe try to have do it himself, or at least control when the drop goes in?

the worst part about eye drops is the fact that when you're doing doing it yourself you're jus sitting there waiting for the sting and it sucks, once i was able to put my own eye drops in i got waay less agitated about it (or at least control the dropper)

when i was nine i had surgury and i had put drops in, and for the first few days i fought my mother (but she couldn't give up because i needed the drops in order for my eyes to heal frm the surgury), so finally what she did was she'd let me hold the tube (that's the wrong word), but she'd guide my hand and i'd fire when *I* was ready made it much less stressful, it still has to be done laying down, but after we started that routine i didn't fuss over getting the eye drops in for like two of three weeks after

eventually i was able to do my own drops, and use drops in my eyes on a fairly regular basis for my allergies and for my eye condition but, at twenty three, i still HATE going to the eye specialist and having the assistant having control of those drops!

hope that helps

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allergies - penicillin, benadryl, dust mites, enviornmental & chemical
conditions - dermatographism, eczema, well contorolled asthma
dietary - lactose intollerant, vegatarian


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2006 3:58 pm 
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I would ask the doctor to see if the eye drops come in an ointment form. I know with my children it was quite a bit easier to give the ointment drops to them instead of the liquid.

Sue


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2006 5:07 pm 
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I use Ethansmom's method too, it's foolproof, easy and not scary at all.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2006 1:56 am 
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Thanks for all the great suggestions. This forum rocks! :D

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(avoiding tree nuts and most other legumes too)
1 son allergic to eggs, and has outgrown peanuts
Both with many environmental allergies, asthma and eczema


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