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my 8th month old granddaughter has conjunctivitis and has drops

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my 8th month old granddaughter has conjunctivitis and has drops for her eyes to be given twice daily. my daughter is distraught the baby goes hysterical when they try to put the drops in. would her g.p. be able to tgive her cream instead.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Dan B. :

Hello and thanks for your question. Certainly giving an ointment is a possibility for treatment of conjunctivitis. However, I can tell you that putting a cream/ointment into the eye is going to be much harder, and likely much more of a traumatic experience for the child than putting a drop in which only requires a few seconds of holding the lids open compared to probably two-three times longer a time of holding the lids open and a more difficult time applying it. In my experience, most kids will get over the "fear" or "trauma" of having eye drops pretty quickly. Does this make sense?

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