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Inserting eardrops safely

How to insert eardrops safely.

To insert eardrops:

  • First, warm the drops to body temperature by rolling the container in your hands or placing it in your armpit for a few minutes. Inserting cold eardrops can cause ear pain and dizziness.
  • Have the child lie down, with the affected ear facing up.
  • Place drops inside the ear. Follow your doctor's instructions (or the directions on the label) for how many drops to use. Gently moving the outer ear will help the drops move down into the ear.
  • You may find it easier to insert eardrops in a small child's ear by holding the child on your lap with the child's legs around your waist and your child's head down on your knees.
  • It's important to keep the liquid in the ear canal for 3 to 5 minutes.

Current as of: September 27, 2023

Author: Healthwise Staff
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