I’ve pinned children down for unpleasant procedures (snot suctioning, nail trimming) so many times I’m a pro. But when the doctor told me I needed to give my young toddler eyedrops, I thought that was the limit of my talents as a parent. Not so: there’s an easy way to do it.
Our pediatrician recommended this hack, which I’m also going to use on myself the next time I need eyedrops. It goes like this:
Have the kid lie down and close their eyes.
Tilt their head to the side, so the eye you’re targeting is higher than the bridge of their nose.
Put the eyedrop into the little divot where the bridge of their nose meets the corner of their (closed) eye.
Have them open their eyes while they’re still lying down. The eyedrop, bound as we all are by gravity, has nowhere to go but into their eye.
The procedure was so fuss-free for us that soon my daughter was asking for eyedrops, because she found this fun somehow? I can’t explain that part. But at least you won’t have to pry a kid’s eye open.