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Medication

You may be prescribed some eye medication to help.

Steps for parents administering eye drops:

• Wash your hands.
• Gently pull down one of your child’s lower eyelids with a finger to create a pocket. You may find it easier to do this with your child lying down.
• If you are using eye drops, gently squeeze them into the pocket you have created. Do not put eye drops directly onto the eye. If you are using ointment, apply a small strip along the pocket. Repeat for the other eye.
• Ask your child to blink to spread the medication over their eyes.

Eyelid hygiene guide

An important part of controlling blepharitis is lid hygiene at home.

Warm soak of the eyelids:

1. Wash your hands thoroughly.
2. Moisten a clean washcloth with warm water.
3. Close eyes and place washcloth on eyelids for about 10 minutes, reheating the washcloth as necessary.
4. Repeat twice a day (morning and evening).

Blepharitis Treatment (Children)

​Eyelid scrub:

1. Wash your hands thoroughly.
2. Mix warm water and a small amount of non-irritating (baby) shampoo or use a commercially prepared lid scrub solution recommended by your oculoplastic surgeon. A diluted solution of sodium bicarbonate may also be used.
3. Using a clean cloth rub the solution across the eyelashes and edge of the closed eyelid.
4. Use a clean and wet cotton wool bud/ “Q-tip” to remove any crust on the eyelashes.
5. Rinse with clean water.
6. Repeat on the other eye.

Diluted solutions of baby shampoo/ sodium bicarbonate:

· Put two drops of baby shapoo or one teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) in one cup of first boiled, then cooled water.
· The solution may be stored in the fridge for up to 24 hours.

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