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Inserting Eardrops Safely

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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 on the wall of the ear canal in small amounts so air can escape and drops can get into the ear. 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 his or her head down on your knees.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer Charles M. Myer, III, MD - Otolaryngology
Current as of September 10, 2012

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: September 10, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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