Babies nails are soft and supple, extremely flexible and fast growing. They cannot be clipped carelessly, as even their skin is super soft and you may cut off some skin during the nail clipping process. Also their soft nails can still give scratch marks and can lead to bad bacteria growth which can cause infections and illnesses.
So it is highly recommended to keep their nail clipped and clean all the time.
How Often Should You Trim Your Baby’s Nails and What Shape Should It Be?
Something to keep in mind when clipping and filing a baby’s nails is to understand how short to cut baby nails and what shape they should be. It is best if one cuts the nail along the contours of the finger. A baby’s fingernails grow very fast and may need to be cut every week. However, a newborn’s toenails usually take longer to grow and can be managed if you cut them once a month.
How to Cut Your Baby’s Nails without Hurting His Fingertips?
Before cutting your baby’s nails, it is crucial to understand how to do that without hurting the baby. This means understanding the tools you need and the proper technique to clip those nails.
What will you need?
- A pair of baby nail scissors
- A pair of baby nail clippers
- Nail files
Tips to Remember
Things to note while clipping your child’s nails:
- Choose a spot with a good lighting and a time when the baby is calm. Ideally, it would be best if the baby was asleep.
- The toenail usually curves to the concourse of the toe. This is normal and is caused due to the flexible nature of a newborn’s nails. They will harden and take shape as the child grows.
- Using baby nail scissors is recommended as they are specially designed to ensure that your baby’s skin isn’t cut.
- Ensure you dip the child’s fingers and toes in lukewarm water for easier cutting.
- Do not bite off the nails of your child as the bacteria from your mouth can cause illnesses to your child.
- Clipping the baby’s nails when they sleep can ensure less resistance and a cleaner cut.
- File your child’s nails with an emery board as this ensures the nail is shaped well and eliminates any latent bacteria hiding under uncut nail surfaces.
Other Alternatives for Clipping Baby’s Nails
If clipping the nails are challenging or if you decide to cut them in another manner, here are a few other alternatives:
- File Them – If the nails are short enough, you can try filing the entire nail though this can be an intensive process.
- Ask a Doctor – Alternatives to clipping your child’s nails can always be discussed with a medical expert, ideally a paediatrician.
What to Do if You Nip the Skin Accidently?
Even the most careful parent can accidentally nip or cut the skin while clipping or cutting a newborn’s nails. If this happens do not panic.
- Clean the wound with cool or room temperature water.
- Wipe the wound with a clean and sterile cloth or gauze.
- Press down gently till the bleeding stops (this should stop in a few minutes).
- Apply antiseptic and antibacterial creams provided by your paediatrician to prevent any infections.
Grooming your newborn begins with cutting their nails. Learning how to do that in a clean and safe manner is important. Remember to discuss any concerns you may have regarding this with your doctor. Try creating a grooming schedule to organize your baby’s grooming needs. It is recommended that initially, you take the assistance of another adult while clipping the newborn’s nails.