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How do I cut my baby's nails?
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Sandpaper
A grandmother showed me this trick decades ago.
I use a simple 1X3 inch piece of heavy duty (wet/dry) sandpaper in 100-180 grit.If you use it free form to file the nails it can do the job in less than a minute on both hands.The paper conforms to the curves better than a file and using it lightly assures you won't injure the skin.

In brief: Sandpaper
A grandmother showed me this trick decades ago.
I use a simple 1X3 inch piece of heavy duty (wet/dry) sandpaper in 100-180 grit.If you use it free form to file the nails it can do the job in less than a minute on both hands.The paper conforms to the curves better than a file and using it lightly assures you won't injure the skin.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Nails
I like to use either a safety scissor or file.
I have several parents a year who use the clipper and accidentally get the skin, which is a highly vascularized area which can bleed easily. The parent usually feels pretty awful, so i don't like the clipper.

In brief: Nails
I like to use either a safety scissor or file.
I have several parents a year who use the clipper and accidentally get the skin, which is a highly vascularized area which can bleed easily. The parent usually feels pretty awful, so i don't like the clipper.
Dr. Jonathan Jassey
Dr. Jonathan Jassey
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Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics
In brief: How many weeks?
The first several months of life babies nails are so soft that you can carefully simply "peel them off" with your fingers.
After they harden, take the soft edge of a nail file and gently file until they feel smooth to the touch. Don't forget about trying "socks on hands" during naps and bedtime, that works great to keep the little ones from scratching their little faces accidentally! Congrats!

In brief: How many weeks?
The first several months of life babies nails are so soft that you can carefully simply "peel them off" with your fingers.
After they harden, take the soft edge of a nail file and gently file until they feel smooth to the touch. Don't forget about trying "socks on hands" during naps and bedtime, that works great to keep the little ones from scratching their little faces accidentally! Congrats!
Dr. Natalie Hodge
Dr. Natalie Hodge
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Dr. Shalini Sethi
Pediatrics
In brief: Filing is best
File baby nails ,

In brief: Filing is best
File baby nails ,
Dr. Shalini Sethi
Dr. Shalini Sethi
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Carefully!
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In brief: Carefully!
:).
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Paul Trani
Pediatrics
In brief: File them
I recommend neither cutting baby's nails, no matter how sharp they might be, nor using gloves over their hands.
Cutting those tiny nails can be hazardous; it's easy to snip part of a finger off. And putting gloves on their hands limits the information that they can get from the outside world - would you put a mask over their eyes? Instead, get a cardboard file (emory board) - it works just fine.

In brief: File them
I recommend neither cutting baby's nails, no matter how sharp they might be, nor using gloves over their hands.
Cutting those tiny nails can be hazardous; it's easy to snip part of a finger off. And putting gloves on their hands limits the information that they can get from the outside world - would you put a mask over their eyes? Instead, get a cardboard file (emory board) - it works just fine.
Dr. Paul Trani
Dr. Paul Trani
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
In brief: Nail trimmer or file
You can use baby nail clippers or you can file the baby's nails.
The nails in infants are very small and thin and file right off with an emery board.

In brief: Nail trimmer or file
You can use baby nail clippers or you can file the baby's nails.
The nails in infants are very small and thin and file right off with an emery board.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
Pediatrics
In brief: Easier to File them
Infants' nails grow fast, and need to be trimmed at least a few times per week to prevent them from scratching themselves.
Cutting an infant's nail is not as easy as it looks and occasionally a parent might nick the tip of the finger. Filing the nails with an emory board (they make infant ones) is much easier to perform and without the risk of cutting the finger.

In brief: Easier to File them
Infants' nails grow fast, and need to be trimmed at least a few times per week to prevent them from scratching themselves.
Cutting an infant's nail is not as easy as it looks and occasionally a parent might nick the tip of the finger. Filing the nails with an emory board (they make infant ones) is much easier to perform and without the risk of cutting the finger.
Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
In brief: Carefully!!
If one parent does nail mantainance while the other is feeding the baby, this when the baby will be most relaxed.
Use either a blunt baby scissors or a nail file to file them.

In brief: Carefully!!
If one parent does nail mantainance while the other is feeding the baby, this when the baby will be most relaxed.
Use either a blunt baby scissors or a nail file to file them.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: Very very carefully
Avoid trimming a baby's nails unless they are too long, because it is very easy to accidentally cut the skin that is attached under the nail!

In brief: Very very carefully
Avoid trimming a baby's nails unless they are too long, because it is very easy to accidentally cut the skin that is attached under the nail!
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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