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To treat your child with eye drops or ointment, have your child sit or lie down, and tilt his head backward. Gently pull down his lower eyelid to form a small pocket. Insert the drops, or squeeze a thin strip of ointment onto a guaze pad and apply. Have your child shut her eyes for a minute to allow the drops to be absorbed. Always wipe the ointment tube with alcohol after using to prevent re-infection.