Babies' nails can be different lengths at birth and grow at different
rates. As you bathe your baby, check the length of his or her nails. Trim the
nails if they extend beyond his or her fingertips, to prevent
A baby's nails can be clipped or cut. Clip your baby's nails after
his or her bath when they are softer. You may need someone to help you hold
your baby. Your baby's nails can be clipped when he or she is asleep. Use the
same precautions. General guidelines for nail care include the
Use a small clipper or scissor with a rounded
cutting surface, specially designed for babies. Do not use adult nail
Work in an area with good lighting.
your baby on a padded, flat surface or lay your baby across your
Hold and support your baby's hand or foot with one hand,
securing the finger or toe of the nail about to be cut.
blade of the clippers or scissors carefully under your baby's fingernail or
toenail. Before applying pressure on the clipper or scissors to cut the nail,
pull down on your baby's finger or toe pad to be sure that you will not
accidentally cut the skin.
Cut the toenails straight across to
prevent ingrown nails.
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October 07, 2012
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