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.

Last Updated: February 12, 2010

Author: Jan Nissl, RN, BS

Medical Review: H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine & William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine

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