Did you know that fingernails grow an estimated 0.1 mm each day? Your baby's nails may be softer than yours but they are still sharp. A newborn has very little control over body reflexes and can unintentionally scratch herself and others. Keeping your newborn's nails groomed can be a very demanding task for parents. Boys Town Pediatrics explains how to trim infant nails and keep their cute faces safe from scratches!
Always make sure to have plenty of time and enough light before you clip. Press your baby's finger pad away from the nail to avoid nicking the skin, and keep a firm hold on your baby's hand as you clip. Cut fingernails along the curve of the finger and cut toenails straight across. An emery board can be used to help smooth any sharp edges.
If you do nick a tiny fingertip, rinse the cut under cool water, then wrap a tissue around your baby's finger and hold it with a little pressure until the bleeding stops. Do not use any bandages because she may accidentally choke or swallow the item. Liquid forms of bandages are also not recommended for babies or toddlers because they may suck on or ingest the liquid. If your child has a wound that doesn't stop bleeding, contact your pediatrician.