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Top tips on how best to give your child eye ointment.

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Eye ointment is often prescribed after your child has had an operation, or if they have an infection.

This is how to give your child eye ointment:

  1. Wash your hands.

  2. Remove the top from the tube.

  3. Get your child into position by tilting his head back or laying him flat on his back. Younger children or babies are best wrapped in a blanket or sheet to keep their arms and legs still.

  4. Gently pull down your child’s lower eyelid.

  5. Avoid touching the eye, eyelid or eyelashes with the tube and squeeze 1cm of the ointment inside the lower eyelid.

  6. Let go of the lower eyelid and ask your child to blink a few time to spread the ointment over the eye.

  7. Wipe away any excess ointment with a tissue.

  8. Put the top back on the tube.

Keep the tube tightly closed in a cool dark place according to the label.

Only put ointment in the affected eye.

Do not use for longer than stated on the label.

Ref: F060365 © GOSH Trust September 2006
Compiled by the Pharmacy department in collaboration with the Child and Family Information Group
This information does not constitute health or medical advice and will not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals. If you have any questions, please ask your doctor. No liability can be taken as a result of using this information.