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Published January 14, 2013, 11:33 PM

Tuesday tip: How to put drops into kids’ eyes

FARGO – A few years ago my cousin was visiting while my daughter, who was probably 4 or 5 years old, had pink eye.

By: Tracy Frank, INFORUM

FARGO – A few years ago my cousin was visiting while my daughter, who was probably 4 or 5 years old, had pink eye.

It took me about an hour of begging, pleading, cajoling, bribing and threatening to get my daughter’s eye drops into her eyes. Even then, I’m not sure they all made it.

By the end of the experience, my daughter was distraught, I was exhausted, and I’m pretty sure my cousin (who is an only child and does not have kids) was horrified.

After she went home, she sent me an email with some advice she had found online for giving kids eye drops.

I followed the advice and the rest of my daughter’s treatment was a cinch.

To put eye drops into children’s eyes, put the drop in the inner corner of the eye while the child’s lid is closed. Then, have the child open her eye and the drop will slide into place.

I found this method works best if the child lies on her back during administration and tilts her head in the direction you want the drop to flow when she opens her eye.

Each Tuesday we offer up a quick tip on anything from money-saving tricks to household how-tos.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Tracy Frank at (701) 241-5526

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