Finger nails of babies
have to be trimmed frequently so that they do not scratch and hurt themselves.
Scissors or nail clippers meant for the baby are used for trimming as they are
safer. Here is a guide on trimming your baby's
How should I trim the baby's
Keep baby's nails
trimmed so that she does not scratch himself. Use a pair of
blunt-tipped fingernail scissors so that you do not hurt the baby. Keep her
nails short and smooth. It is easier to cut the nails after a bath when they
are soft or when she is asleep and her fingers are relaxed. Whether mothers use
a pair of scissors or a nail clipper, it may help push back the skin underneath
the nails and then trim them.
Should I use a nail clipper or a pair of
Most infant grooming sets
come with a nail clipper as well as a pair of blunt scissors. You
should initially use the scissors because they are safer for the
baby. The only drawback is that you cannot cut the nails too
close. (Which means you may have to trim the baby's
nails more often). Be more careful with a nail clipper,
even if it is especially for infants, because the chances of your cutting the
baby are very high. You will be surprised to know how many first-time mothers
have drawn blood from their baby's
Steps for Clipping Babyâ€™s Finger
As you can understand trimming
fingers is essential not only to ensure hygiene
and good health but also to prevent cases of scratching with the sharp nails.
So, here are summarised some easy steps that you can follow to make the whole
affair a lot easier. If you find it easier by involving your partner into this,
you may try that as well.
In the first place you need to
hold her palm and fingers firmly with one of your hands and trim her fingers
with your other hand.
Use baby nail scissors for cutting
her nails. These are rounded baby clippers that are comparatively safer than
any other scissors.
If you have a nail care kit, you
may also get emery boards and nail files with it. However, you may not want to
use them if you want to cut the nails really short. But cutting nails too short
also increases the risk of cutting babyâ€™s
skin in the process.
The nail files can be an easier
option when you are not yet comfortable with the clippers or scissors. May be
you can consider using the files till she starts cooperating with
careful while clipping your babyâ€™s nails and do not cut the babyâ€™s nails very
short as you can accidentally draw her blood. In case if you do so, you must be
prepared with sterile gauze and apply gently on the affected area.
Babies have the habit of putting
their fingers in their mouth. So, you need to be careful that she does not
dislodge the bandage and chock
Babies tend to grow their nails very fast and thus you
may need to trim them twice every week. In fact nails shall continue to grow
fast till they attain toddlerhood.
In spite of following
these steps, you might be fraught with plenty of challenges when it comes to
nail trimming. You may try to clip her nails when she is sleeping.
As mentioned before, pricking the skin is highly possible when your baby is not
cooperating with you in the process. However, baby skin tends to heel very fast
and you need not worry much about it. In case you see the skin around her
toenails get hardened or inflamed you must get in touch with the doctor as
early as possible.
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