How to cut the baby’s nail without fear? This is one of the main doubts of moms and dads when they encounter those little hands so delicate of the newborn. The fingers are super tiny and fragile. Although the nails are often already large as soon as the baby is born, it is recommended to wait two to three weeks before cutting the baby’s nail, as in this period it will harden a little, making this task easier.
How often should I cut the baby’s nail?
As the nails of the little ones are very small, they tend to grow fast. Therefore, it is important to create this habit early, so the task becomes less tiring as the baby gets used to it. In most cases, it is recommended that nails are cut once or twice a week. Be aware of the little points that can arise and make the baby scratch.
The toenails, on the other hand, grow more slowly, so the frequency of nail cuts need not be as high as that of the hands. Once a month is usually enough to keep them trimmed.
When is the best time to cut the baby’s nail?
It is normal for your little one to feel uncomfortable the first few times they cut their nails. If the baby starts to squirm, there’s no point in trying. In addition to being more difficult, insisting could lead to an injury to the hands. Therefore, the best time is when the baby is distracted or sleeping. A good choice is to trim your nails right after the shower, which will make them more malleable.
What is the best cutter?
Use soft sandpaper, baby nail clippers or small scissors with rounded tips. That way, the risk of hurting the baby is much less. There are cutters on the market that come with a magnifying glass, so you can see the baby’s nail better without confusing it with the skin. The most important thing is that you use these accessories only on the baby, reducing the risk of infections.
How should the cut be made?
It’s time! You’ve already guaranteed everything you need, and now just get your hands dirty. Look for a quiet place that does not cause your baby to be agitated, that is well lit, without noise or distraction. Make sure the cutter or scissors and sandpaper are clean, wash your hands and take the baby in a comfortable position.
Holding your little hand, press the tip of your finger downward, as if to separate the skin from the nail so that it is more visible. This way you avoid cutting too much. Make the cut straight, without cutting too close to avoid inflammation or ingrown nails, and if you need to round the edges, use sandpaper. This helps to prevent the baby from scratching itself.
And get hurt?
The baby does not usually feel anything when the nails are cut, just like us. If you notice that you cut the baby’s little finger, the most important thing is not to despair! If the spot bleeds, apply a little pressure and use an antibiotic ointment to prevent infections.
The most important thing is to stay calm and everything will be fine! Do you have more tips when it comes to cutting baby’s nails? Leave a comment telling us!
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