If your baby has itchy, watery eyes, you might be considering giving them some eye drops. This is not really a good idea, since any eye drops you have on hand are probably made for adults. If it’s a recurring problem you should take them to the doctor to find out what is causing it, and if they feel it’s necessary they’ll prescribe some infant eye drops that are suitable.
The reason is that your baby is still developing even after being born. Giving them medicine for adult eyes is not a good idea, because our eyes are fully formed. The strength of the dosage will be different, and you could end up causing more harm than good by giving them adult eye drops like Clear Eyes or any other off the shelf variety. If the problem is not severe or common enough to bring them into the doctor, then you don’t need to intervene with eye drops.
This means that you shouldn’t give your baby eye drops because A: The problem isn’t severe enough to merit giving them to your baby or B: The problem is severe enough or ongoing enough to merit bringing them into the doctor to determine the problem and treat the cause, not the symptoms. Either way it’s not a good idea to give them to your baby.
Can I Give My Baby Eye Drops? Answer: No.
It’s not as if you’re going to cause your baby to go blind by giving them eye drops, but it’s just something you don’t want to get into the habit of doing. You need to get rid of the notion of treating your baby’s problems with your own medication that you yourself use. First, you want to use as little medication as possible with your baby, and only give them medications that are prescribed by a doctor to treat a specific problem. You can stunt the development of their immune system if you consistently get in the way with OTC drugs and fixes that only treat symptoms.
Removing Allergens from the Home
If your baby has a problem with itchy eyes, you’ll want to search for and get rid of the cause of the problem. This can be tough because it might be a family pet that your baby is suffering from. But if they can’t handle being around your cat or dog it’s really not fair to them to have to suffer, and you don’t want to give them allergy medication every day, since they’re a blank slate. It could be as easy as getting a vacuum with a good HEPA filter so that the allergens are not in the air. Either way, it’s a better idea than giving them eye drops.
It could also be the detergent you’re using to wash their clothes or bedding with. This is a simple fix because there are special detergents out there that are formulated for babies and don’t have harsh scents or other irritants that can upset their eyes. Once you discover and get rid of what is causing the eye problems, it should clear up on its own without the use of any drugs or medication.
As a parent it might be hard to determine what is causing the problem on your own. That’s why it’s a good idea to bring it up the next time you go in for a doctor’s visit. They are pros at asking the right questions and getting to the root of the problem. They can help you think of things you wouldn’t have thought of on your own. They also have a wealth of knowledge about why your baby might be having the problem.
They’ll also know to check for other symptoms that might be part of a bigger problem. That’s why it’s never a good idea to self medicate at home because you could be masking problems that are part of a bigger picture. Let your baby’s body learn to take care of things on their own, and get them help from the pediatrician if they don’t seem to be making progress over a series of days.