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Eye drops are not worse than injections!!!

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Hedgehog80 Wed 14-May-14 15:07:12

Dd2 (4) is currently screaming, crying and hiding from me. She has conjunctivitis and will not have her eye drops. I have to pin her down and prise her eyes open to do it. She screams till she goes bright red and can hardly breathe then cries for ages after.
I'm astounded as she has to have 5-7 injections a day and a cannula change (cgms) each week and does not complain (diabetes)

I can't believe she thinks eye drops are so terrible!

gymboywalton Wed 14-May-14 15:07:59

i would have a million injections before eye drops -they really are horrid

Hedgehog80 Wed 14-May-14 15:09:21

She is terrified of them, I've never seen her so frightened its horrible but just seems so strange as the injections etc dont bother her at all!

CorusKate Wed 14-May-14 15:10:50

Can you warm the bottle in your hand first, then place a drop on the inside corner of a closed eye?

PirateJones Wed 14-May-14 15:10:51

This might seem like a silly thing to say, could you do it while she is alseep?

andiem Wed 14-May-14 15:11:14

As a children's nurse I think this is her trying to exert some control over what happens to her. She has no control over the diabetes stuff as it is so important but the eye drops she can kick off about. That would be my observation.
I would just go for rewards to get her to have them

Hedgehog80 Wed 14-May-14 15:14:47

It is meant to be 4 times a day so maybe 1 or 2 doses could be when asleep, late night and early morning.
She has got so worked up poor thing.

Aw poor BabyHedgehog
though she's probably used to her injections, they are part of her daily life and though not pleasant , she's probably meh, whatever and gets them done with.

Drops in your eyes is different (I hate the glaucoma test at the Opticians because I know it's going to hit my eye right after the pfft of air.)

SpringBreaker Wed 14-May-14 15:18:31

Get some optrex drops and then you can put them in to your own eyes first and she can see how its not painful. Its probably more the shock of the cold liquid going into her eyes.

MrsAlexVause Wed 14-May-14 15:19:01

I'm a weirdo that loves injections confused Eyedrops though, not so much!

My DD used to be on eye drops all the time and she didn't like them but she was a diamond at letting me put them in. My nephew needed them and he screamed murder every time my DSis tried so she asked me to do them.
I lay him down and knelt on top of him, reassured him that he needed them and it was only going to be horrible for a little moment. Then I pulled his lower eyelid down and put a drop in there. It didn't come out, he just blinked it round. Just let her know that it won't last forever (that's how I get myself through pain / discomfort).
Is there anyone else that could do it? I know with my DNephew it was mainly the fact that my DSis got so annoyed and impatient with him. He just needed someone else to reassure him. Once he let me do it once, he used to let DSis do it from then on.

There's a plastic tubey funnel thing for adminstering eyedrops (mainly aimed at elderly patients to keep the eye open while administering one handed drops )

Can she puts "eyedrops" in her Teddy Bears eyes (you might need to search for something she can use as a dropper)

Hedgehog80 Wed 14-May-14 15:24:49

She's calmed down now but has said she won't have them again. I'm trying to think of something to reward her with.

Momonga Wed 14-May-14 15:27:49

I hate eye drops. I have had numerous injections (usually about once or so a week) and even my DC who only have injections for vaccinations are okay, but we all hate eye drops. They sting and they are hell. No easy way about them, though. The only thing which has ever helped my DC with them was a kind of squeezy ball/stress ball like thing which they squeezed the life out of when the eye drop 'hit' their eyes.

GooseyLoosey Wed 14-May-14 15:29:07

See, I'm with your dd. I have no problems with injections - can self inject medication without turning a hair.

I had a mole on my face removed and they wanted to put lenses in my eyes to protect them. I could not keep my eyes open and in the end, they scratched one in the attempt. It was truely horrible,

I think some people genuinely cannot stand things going in their eyes.

yessirnosir Wed 14-May-14 15:29:51

Totally agree with andiem. I'm the mother of a diabetic too and after the initial having to pin her down, injections just became something that happened, after all it's the ultimate non-negotiable. However, come flu jab time, I had a child hiding under the nurse's desk and screaming so loud a Dr came in to ask what was happening as she couldn't continue her surgery. She put absolutely put all her angst from the diabetes into this. All I can offer is she's 11 now and will have a jab, not happily, but she will do it - she had some attention from a play specialist at the hospital and it helped. She is exerting control in other ways though....

I think something as big as this in your life as a child will often lead to them trying to reclaim control where they can, sadly I think even more if they see it's upsetting you, as I do think there's a little bit of them that somehow blames you, the person who's meant to make it all better, for letting this happen. You just have to suck it up and make it as non negotiable as insulin.

yessirnosir Wed 14-May-14 15:32:49

Sorry, I do have a suggestion - as I said the play specialist did help as she took dd for her blood tests, which she also had a problem with. The play specialist used distraction techniques, but I think the reason it worked was it was someone other than me, who wasn't emotionally invested. Is there anyone she really likes who could do one lots of drops for you so she can maybe see it's not so bad?

RahRahRasputin Wed 14-May-14 15:35:21

Do her eyes need to be open? I don't mind eye drops but can never keep my eye open, then someone recommended putting the drop in the corner of my eye. So I put the drops there and then open my eye and they run in. That would probably be a lot easier, even if you still have to chase her and pin her down, you wouldn't need to hold her eye open.

Hedgehog80 Wed 14-May-14 15:36:14

She gets on very well with dh mum maybe she would let her do it the once, I could try.

Dd has just given me a piece of paper with random letters on and told me its her list of treats for after eye drops as I'd asked what reward she would like. Apparently it says "a floaty dress, pretty shoes, baby bel cheese and orange jelly" !

Well babybel cheese and orange jelly are definitely do-able! How about a chocolate button each time she does it well and then a babybel or jelly at the end of the day when she's done all of them without kicking up a fuss?

BintyMcBintington Wed 14-May-14 16:00:03

I don't like eye drops either. I had an eye op last year and needed them for 10 days after. Took 10 mins for dh to coax me each time confused

Aspiringhuman Wed 14-May-14 16:23:40

I find eye drops very difficult as I'm phobic about look into and putting anything near eyes. I'm not however scared of needles.

WaitMonkey Wed 14-May-14 16:44:07

I'd rather 10 injections than 1 lot of eye drops.
Did you get your niece sorted by the way, Hedgehog ?

pippop1 Wed 14-May-14 16:49:54

It is a natural thing to shut your eye if someone is about to put something it. If it was ancient time she would just be being sensible!

I wear contact lenses and it is a skill to keep your eye open when someone on the end of your finger approaches it. Perhaps you can get her to count and you will do it on three (one, two, three). Things hurt less when you have a measure of control. And then the reward.

PipkinsPal Wed 14-May-14 16:57:31

I feel her pain. I would rather have injections and visits to the Dentist before I would have to have eye drops. That is my one big fear. I had an eye infection years ago and my exH had to put the drops into my eye. It would take at least half an hour of fussing and fretting and him telling me I would have to put them in myself if I didn't stop messing about there and then. It was an awful experience. I reckon it stems from having a cyst cut off my eyelid when I was 2. I can't even go cycling without a mirror, just in case something flies into my eye and I have to get it out. Eyelashes and hair in my eye - well - horrendous.

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