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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 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 his or her head down on your knees.
    • It's important to keep the liquid in the ear canal for 3 to 5 minutes.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
    Specialist Medical ReviewerCharles M. Myer, III, MD - Otolaryngology

    Current as ofNovember 14, 2014

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    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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