How do you clip your baby’s nails?

How do you clip your baby’s nails?

Carefully.

Worried moms often fear clipping their little ones’ little fingers.  This is not uncommon as the infants don’t respond to directives to stay still.  This issue of nail clipping an important one for me as I learned to clip the nails of my eczema baby’s nails to prevent his nails from ripping up his skin.  Those nails needed to be short!  (This brings back memories from my violin teacher.)

So what are some ways to make keeping your baby’s nails short easier?

  • Use a nail clipper designed for babies.  No, do not use your adult-sized nail clippers.  They are too large and the blades may be too thick.
  • If you’re struggling to see your baby’s nails, look for a clipper with a little magnifying glass.
  • Try baby nail trimming scissors.  Those with the rounded tips may be best if you worry about poking your baby with sharp scissor tips.
  • Try this Zoli electric baby nail trimmer.  It has little “sandpaper” like pads that buff the excess nail away.  Each pad is meant for a different age range.  Just be careful, held next to skin, these pads can also buff away skin!
  • Try a good ol’ fashioned emery board.  This may be slow going though and it may be hard for your baby to keep still as long as you need to do an adequate job.

What other tips do you have?

Do babies get acne?

Image courtesy of Sage Ross.

The answer is yes! Babies get acne too! “Neonatal acne” or “neonatal cephalic pustulosis” is a common condition that crops up in the first few weeks or month of your baby’s life as little pimples of the forehead, cheeks and chin.

What causes baby acne? We don’t know exactly what causes this condition, but it may be related to exposure to maternal hormones when the baby is in the womb.

So what do you do about baby acne? Baby acne is not harmful so you can leave it alone. This condition usually goes away in weeks, if not months. In the meantime, continue gentle skin care for your baby. Since rashes can be difficult to distinguish to an untrained eye, mention any concerning features to your pediatrician or dermatologist.