Ear infections are considered as common childhood ailments. It is reported that ear infections has been the common reason why children are given antibiotics. These antibiotic ear drops were more effective than oral antibiotics when treating ear infection among children. It is also important to provide the child with ear drops to help relieve the pain in the ear or help with the cleaning. The proper technique will ensure that the drops are properly administered into the ear without causing the child any discomfort.
Steps when instilling ear drops in children
You have to following these steps when instilling ear drops in children. If you will enroll in a first aid course, you will learn the appropriate steps when administering ear drops among children.
- Initially, you have to wash your hands using water and soap. Once thoroughly clean, dry your hands using a towel.
- Clean the exterior part of the ear using a warm washcloth. Make sure that you will carefully remove any dirt or crusting. Avoid inserting anything into the ear of the child.
- The ear drops that you will use should be warmed if the room or weather is cold. All you have to do is to rub the container in a back and forth manner between your palms so that the warmth of your body will heat the bottle up.
- If indicated in the bottle, you have to properly shake the medication.
- Once the medication is ready, you have to instruct the child to sit with his/her head tilted upward or position the child lying down on his/her side.
- Insert the dropper in the container. You have to squeeze the bulb or the tube at the dropper’s end and release the bulb to draw in medication into the dropper.
- Hold the earlobe of the child using one hand to straighten it. For children younger than 3 years old, you have to pull the earlobe down toward the shoulder and back toward the rear of the head. For children older than 3 years old, you have to pull the earlobe up and toward the top of the head and back towards the rear of the head.
- Administer the prescribed number of drops or based on the packaging of the medication so that it flows on the side of the ear canal and roll within the ear. Any excess drops on the exterior part of the ear must be wiped off.
- The child must keep still with the head tilted or lying on his/her side for a few minutes to allow the drops to flow into the affected ear.
Important consideration to bear in mind
When administering ear drops in children, you should not drop directly into the ear canal. Take note that this can be painful or result to dizziness. Always follow the instructions given by the doctor when administering the ear drops.