How to put eyedrops in children and babies

Before putting eye drops in clean your
hands. Always be careful not to touch the
dropper on the eye or surrounding skin to avoid
hurting the eye or contaminating the drops, and don’t
worry if the occasional drop is missed. For older children get your child to sit
in a comfortable chair with the head tilted backwards, chin
upwards towards the ceiling. Ask them to open their eyes and look up
towards their eyebrows. Gently pull out the lower lead and put the drop into the pocket between
the lower lid and the eye. If this is difficult you can also ask
them to close their eyes gently and place the drop on the skin in the
corner of the eyelids your child can then open their eye or you
can gently open their leads using your index finger
and thumb and the drops will roll into the eye.
This is best done with your child lying flat. Wherever you can, older children needing
long-term drops should be encouraged to learn to put
their own drops in. With clean hands they should hold the
bottle of drops in one hand. With the other hand they
should pull down the lower lid gently whilst looking back up
towards the brows and leaning their head right back to look
up at the ceiling. They can rest one hand on the other to
steady them and squeeze the drop into the eye. It may
take a little practice to get it in just the right spot. Babies and young children often don’t
understand why they need drops and can wriggle and close their eyes. Often
you will need to use some techniques to keep them still. As long as this is done quickly you will
get the drops in safely with as little
upset as possible. Ideally get another adult to help. Get
your child to lay down or lie back in someone’s arms if very
young. Sometimes swaddling them in a blanket can help keep the arms and legs out of the way. Allow your child to close their eyes and you can then use one of two
techniques. Firstly you can open the upper and lower
lids gently using thumb and index finger and put a drop
into the eye. If this is difficult, if you can get them
lying flat put a couple of drops on the skin by the
inside corner of the eye then, depending on age, either ask them to
blink several times to allow the drops to run
into the eye or gently part the lids to allow the drops
to flow in. If you’re alone there are ways to allow
you to instill the drops. sit on the floor with legs straight out
in front of you and slightly apart. Lay your child between your legs so
that the head is kept still between your thighs and their arms are tucked under your knees. This allows you two free hands to get the drops in quickly and there is no chance of your child
hurting themselves. For any age you can do punctal occlusion to avoid too much of the medication going
down the nose and reduce the chance of any side
effects immediately after installing the drops. place your index finger firmly over the inner corner of the lids for five to ten seconds. Using these
techniques you should be able to get drops into
your child’s eye, no matter what their age, safely and


  1. A very helpful clip! I am treating a corneal scratch and, though I'm a grown women in my 30s, I feel as "icky" about eyedrops as that squirmy baby. So I used the same tips on myself. Worked great!

  2. I appreciate the tips! By far the most constructive advice I've found yet. I will try the arms-under-my-legs approach with my 2 yr old, and also be more deliberate about getting drops onto the inside corner of her eye. Wish me luck!

  3. please does this work (putting in the corner of a closed eye) with the antibiotic drops that are more viscous until they hit the eye and become a liquid?

  4. Thank you so much the sitting on the ground with legs over little one's arms worked perfectly. Far less traumatic then how i was trying to do it before. Thank you

  5. First video with a real solution of how to get drops in with an infant old enough to resist strongly but to young to take commands. Ill give your "pile driver straight jacket" a chance but even if it doesnt work, thanks for trying something else when nothing else works.

  6. It helped my son he has eye problems right now so I layer him and he opened his eye I put some in and he blinked also thananks make some more tutorials I had 10000 likes on mine keep up the good work👏👏👍🍶

  7. There is a better way! More comfortable! More sanitary! But only with the first and only 5 stars Eyedrop AND Ointment saver! that' a fact!

  8. Thank you, I'll be showing this video to my mother because I just won't let her put eye drops in my eyes, I have very red eyes and they are irritated and I can't sleep at all.

  9. 2:54 The lying your baby down position is genius! Thank you for this. My baby is pretty strong and would move around a lot no matter what, usually it would take two of us but now I can manage.. he still acts up but with this position it allows me to be quicker to put eye drops, clean his nose etc.

  10. Can I ask. My son has started blinking excessively and moving his eyes. I was told by a ane optician this was Viral conjunctivitis but I'm not convinced. Can you help?

  11. I’m a 19 year old watching this tutorial for children because I am so scared of touching my eyes or putting anything in my eyes😂😅

  12. Trauma, I’m a bit ashamed of being scared to take eye drops, but that’s only because of a past experience. I was getting my eyes tested and apparently I’ve gone three levels higher than last year, which is really bad, so I either had to chose contacts or eye drops, for now: I can’t really see myself putting on contacts just yet, maybe in the future, but for the next two years I’ll be putting eye drops in. My eye doctor pulled my eyelids, not even gently, and forced me to take the drop, it stung like crazy, and I was like- 10-11? And he kept forcing things against my eyes, usually they’d keep it a little further away from my eyes but he pressed it up so close that I went blind for a good 10 seconds. That’s probably why I dread getting eye drops.

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