Friday, May 31, 2013

Cursed Pink Eye

Administering eye drops to a toddler is roughly akin to dealing out medieval torture.

I know the nice ways--tilt the head back, place two drops in the corner of the eye, and let the drops gently slide into their eye as they blink. Or, pull down the lower eyelid to make a nice little pocket which evenly distributes the drops as soon as they close their eyes again. It can certainly be done nicely.

Assuming, of course, that you can get the toddler to tilt their head back and hold still. Because, you know, toddlers are so good at holding still.

Picture instead--toddler laying flat-backed on the floor, Mom straddling, arms pinned down between thighs and head pinned between knees. Pry the eye open with one hand--and I mean pry because that poor kid will be fighting with all possible might to keep them closed--and squeeze a few drops in, hoping they land in a relatively useful place. Repeat with eye number 2. Be careful to not actually sit on the child meanwhile.

Once you've given the child freedom once again, grab a tissue and hope that the tears running down their cheeks aren't just wiping out all the medication and that all that wasn't a complete waste.

And then sit on the couch and cuddle while your traumatized child reminds himself that you do, in fact, still love him, even though you are the current cause of pain and hopelessness in his little world.

...Such it is when Ben has pink eye. He's not contagious anymore and you can't hardly tell it was there, but the eyedrops still last forever. All I have to do know is open that one cupboard and Ben will run away screaming, "No medicine! No medicine!" Sad, but kind of funny at the same time...

3 comments:

Liz, Karl, Madison, Brooklyn and Aubrey said...

Oh that situation sounds all too familiar! I think giving a child of any sort... whether in the eye or in the mouth, is torture. I'm sure glad he's getting better though. Poor boy!

valerie sallay said...

Sounds similar to when we had to give Nellie the medicine for strep. I got pretty good by the end... :)

Tannie Datwyler said...

Oh dear! I'm sorry... but that dose sound remarkably funny when you open the cupboard. Poor kid!