Ear drops (1100)

Key points below

Supplies needed

Before giving the medicine

Giving the medicine Ear drops

Do not let anyone else use this medicine. 

1. Have your child lie on their side.

2. If your child is three years old or younger, gently pull the earlobe down a little and straight back (Fig 1).  If your child is older than 3 years, gently pull the ear up and back (Fig 2).

3. Put the end of the dropper just above the ear opening and drop in the right number of drops. Do not put the dropper in the  ear canal. Try not to touch the dropper to the skin of the ear.

4. Gently massage (rub) the fleshy part in front of the ear called the tragus (Fig 3). This helps the medicine to move into the ear.

5. Put a clean cotton ball over the opening of the ear. Keep your child lying on their side with that ear up for 1 minutes to keep the drops in the ear. Remove and throw the cotton ball away when your child gets up.

6. Repeat this for the other ear if it needs drops.  

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