When your Newborn’s Nails Need Clipping, This Is What You Should Do
How do you know how to trim your child’s nails? You may not dare do this at first. It’s only natural to be scared of putting your little one’s fingers in danger. But you can’t leave their nails long because dirt may gather underneath them, and they may scratch their face or body because of them.
Why Is It Necessary to Clip Your Child’s Nails?
When Should You Trim Your Newborn’s Nails?
- Your child may have been born with long, curved nails on both hands.
- In their first weeks, these nails are soft, and it’s not easy to clip them. What makes it even more difficult is that they always close their fingers and move their hands around constantly.
- In the first two months, it’s best for you to use a cardboard nail file to keep their nails short. This will keep you from cutting into the flesh.
- Never forget that your new child’s nails grow fast and that it’s necessary to cut them once a week at least.
- After the first few months, you can use special nail clippers for children, but don’t forget to sterilize them, and don’t let anyone else use them.
- To clip their nails, try to follow these instructions: Hold their hand in yours and single out one finger. Use your other hand to trim the nail of this finger from both sides, not in a circular fashion, paying attention to the skin. Then move on to the other nails and clip them the same way.
- Try to make use of your child’s calmness to trim their fingernails, but don’t do it directly after bathing because the water softens the nails, making them difficult and annoying to cut.
- Talk to them as you trim their nails so they forget their discomfort with the process.
- Your child’s toenails don’t grow as fast as their fingernails, so they will not need to be trimmed as often.
- To take care of them, you can use the file or children’s nail clippers. Do it the same way as you trim their fingernails, and be careful because they move their feet a lot.