How To Trim Baby Nails

It is not uncommon to see babies with scratches on their faces or arms. While the baby might seem to have been mauled by the family pet, it reality is that the cause of these scratches are caused by the baby itself.

Uncut nails or improperly cut nails can end up causing the baby to hurt itself, especially since babies flail their limbs a lot due to lack of muscle control. If you have tried cutting your baby’s nails, you will find that it is often a nightmare.

An inquisitive, squirming baby is extremely difficult to deal with, and chances are that you might just end up cutting your baby’s skin instead of nails! The right tools and the right knowledge will help you immensely in this regard. The following tips will make the task of trimming nails pleasurable for you as well as your baby.
Things You Will Need

* Emery board or nail file
* Baby nail scissors
* A mild antiseptic
* Sterile gauze pads

Clipping Baby Nails
The right time to trim your baby’s nails would be just after you bathe the baby. After a bath, your child’s nails are soft, and it will be quite easy to trim them. When trimming the baby’s nails incline the nail to a side and carefully hold the pad of the finger or toe away from the nail.

This is will prevent the chances of clipping the skin accidently. In the case of fingernails, trim the nails in a curve, along the shape of the finger. Toenails should always be cut straight across. If you are unsure about your skills in cutting your baby’s nails, you can file them when they are still soft after your baby’s bath.

Once you finish trimming your baby’s nails, ensure that there are no rough edges. You can do this by making use of a filer or an emery board. Despite all your care, if you accidently do happen to cut your baby’s skin, do not panic.

First, apply pressure to stop the bleeding. Once the bleeding has been stopped, apply a small amount of mild antiseptic to a sterile gauze pad and dab it over the cut.

Some people believe that it would be okay to bite your baby’s nails instead of trimming them. While the chances of accidental cuts might be reduced, this will just encourage the spread of germs, and should therefore be avoided.

Joy Natarajan