Sunday, April 30, 2023

Taking care of the baby's nails on the fingers and toes

Accidentally cutting your child's fingertips causes pain and bleeding:

The only care your child's nails require is trimming. You can use a soft nail file, baby nail clippers, or children's round-tipped scissors, but be very careful when using nail clippers or scissors because accidentally cutting your baby's fingertips will cause pain and bleeding.

Trim the nails is after a bath:

A good time to trim the nails is after a bath if the baby is calm, but it may be easier while the baby is sleeping. Keep his nails as short and neatly trimmed as possible so he can't scratch himself (or you).

Baby's nails grow very quickly:

In the first few weeks, his fingers are so small and his nails grow so fast that he may have to trim them twice a week. Also, oddly enough, some parents bite their children's nails as a way of trimming them, which they should avoid to prevent the risk of a condition called herpetic whitlow (an infection on a finger or thumb, caused by the virus of herpes simplex).

Toenails are more solid:

In contrast, your baby's toenails grow much more slowly and are usually very soft and flexible. They don't need to be kept as short as the ones on your hands, so you may only need to trim them once or twice a month. Because they're so soft, they sometimes look like ingrowns, but there's nothing to worry about unless the skin next to the nail becomes red, inflamed, or hard. As your baby grows, the toenails will become harder and better defined.