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Clipping Your Baby’s Nails


Clipping Your Baby's Nails

Mara Paradis, M.D.​
​Boys Town Pediatrics

Clipping nails on a newborn can be very stressful.

One of the best ways to do that is to use a very thin pair of manicure scissors to clip the nails and then to take one of the thick emery boards and go down the edges of the nails to smooth out any sharp points.

If your infant tends to be a wiggle worm, clipping either a few nails at a time or trying to clip them while your infant is sleeping can really help you get the job done.

You should check your baby's nails every couple of days to see if they're getting long or sharp and if they are go ahead and clip them.

Usually about once a week is a good time frame as far as clipping your infant's nails.

Clipping your baby’s nails can be a bit stressful but keeping nails short is important to your baby’s safety. Dr. Mara Paradis, pediatrician at Boys Town Pediatrics, explains how parents can trim their baby’s nails and how often nails need to be trimmed.