First I took my typical common sense negotiating route. For two hours we bandied back and forth:
Me: You have to take the eyedrops. It will help get rid of the pinkeye. If you don't, you might not make it to so & so's birthday party on Saturday.
Her: No thank you daddy. I don't like eye drops.
I hate it when she pulls the politeness card.
We struggled. We yelled. I tried ultimatums, bargaining, dares, humour, every trick in my admittedly skinny book.
After two hours, Daddy's patience had worn razor thin. A quick google search yielded a Yahoo discussion thread suggesting something like the following:
1. Sit on the floor or bed.
2. Lay the child flat on her back, between your legs with her head between your thighs.
3. Place (or more accurately wrestle) her arms beneath each of your thighs.
4. Utilize your lower legs to pin hers if required.
5. Using two hands (and a modicum of force) administer said eyedrops.
6. Praise the child and deal with your guilt.
It worked flawlessly. What also amazed me was that once she blinked a few times and received several kisses from her pop, it was like it had never happened.
The next time was only slightly easier. Still a struggle, but less so. And papa's guilt was more easily buried.
You'd really think after all these years there'd be a better way.