How to Cut Child’s Nails

One cannot but agree that you can look at infants to the end of times. And especially on their tiny fingers and tiny nails … Nevertheless, no matter how small the baby’s nails are, a regular care must be taken. And it’s not that easy.


What is needed for nails trimming?

Baby’s nails should be trimmed with accuracy and care. The first time, it can be done already at day 10 of life of the baby. The earlier you accustom children to this procedure, the easier and more relaxed reaction they will have to the scissors and will not experience stress every time.

So, what is needed for trimming the baby’s nails? The following is commonly used:

  • Tweezers – they can remove the main sprouted part of the nail,
  • Small scissors with rounded tips – they can cut the rest of the nail and agnails,
  • Soft nail file with round edges – it can file all irregularities of the nail after trimming.

NB: after you have bought the scissors and tweezers, it is important to wash them with hot water and soap, and then wipe with a cotton pad and medical alcohol. Doing so, you will certainly remove lubricant from the tools and disinfect them.


Preparation for trimming

In order neither you, nor your baby becomes nervous, better try to cut the nails while the child is sleeping. If you cannot do this and the baby is awake, put the baby on the tummy – so it prevents from sharp pulling of the arm or leg sidewise. It is also important to divert a baby during trimming with cartoons or cheerful tunes.

Try cutting the nails together with your spouse: while one of you gently but firmly holds the baby by the leg or arm and kindly talks, another one can carefully proceed with the procedure.

The process of cutting consists of several stages:

Stage 1. It is necessary to disinfect the arms with a soap or special wipes, and the scissors with an alcohol-containing substance.

Stage 2. It is important to pinch the finger of the child with your fingers (between thumb and index) and push back the skin around the baby’s nails so that it will not be damaged.

Stage 3. It is necessary to cut the nails, slightly rounding them – so the baby cannot scratch himself/herself.

Stage 4. It is better to perform this procedure on the legs after taking a bath to soften the skin and nails of the child. In this case, it is necessary to trim the nails evenly so that they do not ingrow, and also to make sure that the nails are not too short.

Stage 5. It is necessary to register the date of the next cutting. They will be different for arms and legs, since it is better to cut the nails on fingers every 3-5 days, and on toes – approximately once every 7 days.

Unfortunately, it often happens that the child develops a negative perception of nails trimming. If you fail to make a pleasant ritual out of this procedure, then after a while neither interesting cartoons, nor sweets, nor even the parents gadgets will help – the baby will still be jerking, tearing and crying.

To bring up a positive baby’s attitude to trimming, you may use a small secret. As you know, kids like to imitate. Therefore, it is important for adults to show by their example what it means to trim the nails – and sooner or later a child will want to do the same as the mom or dad.

If the child states the “willingness” to trim the nails, give him/her old blunted or children’s scissors – let him/her boldly help you! In parallel, you can recite the baby a poem or a fictional tale about fingers and nails, and also to hum a funny song.


Prevention of contamination of nails and toes

In the event you accidentally damaged the skin of the baby while trimming the nails, do not press the panic button, and:

  1. Place a sterile bandage or a cotton ball for stopping blood to the wound
  2. Apply antiseptic to the damaged site
  3. Wrap the injured site of the arm/leg with a bandage soaked with an antiseptic (for a large size of wound, it is necessary to apply a healing ointment and bandage).

If you trim the nails improperly and do not treat the wound, your children may have whitlow, i.e. inflammation in the skin of the corner of the nail. One it appears, it is important to immediately treat the inflamed sites with peroxide and apply an antibacterial ointment and bandage. This will help to remove pus from the wound and heal it. If the inflammation does not go away, you need to quickly contact a paediatrician.

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19.3.18  16:30