Nail trimming is a scary thing for young children who tend to associate the cutting of body part with “hurt”. Nail trimming can be a scary thing for parents too who usually have trouble getting their kids to keep their hand or food motionless. But nail trimming is important, so the show must go on. Here are some tips to make nail trimming experience less stressful for both you and your toddler.
Explain why nail trimming is important. Tell your kid that dirt, fungi, germs and bacteria can accumulate underneath their nails (in the form of some blackish stuff), so
Soften the nail. Soak the nails in soapy lukewarm water first for about five minutes before trimming. It helps in making the nails softer and easier to clip. If this is not possible, cut your kid’s nail just right after he takes a nice warm bath.
Choose the right instrument. To avoid accidental nicking of the skin, use small nail clipper or baby scissors with rounded blunt edges. To eliminate fear of scissor or nail clipper, let your kid hold it and examine it (of course under your close supervision). Explain how the scissor or clipper works.
Let them watch others do it. Your child may fail to understand
Make it fun. Singing a “Five Little Pigs” song and pretend that your kid’s finger are family of five little piggies or rhyming while trimming can distract your toddler during the process. After you cut nail of one finger, offer your kid to put on a finger puppet on that particular finger as a reward. Do this until all ten fingers are covered. Not only cooperation is guaranteed, your toddler may end up having some good time.
Wait until she sleeps. If none of the above steps works for your toddler, then do the trimming when she is asleep. Wait until your kid is really fast asleep and do it as quickly and as quietly as possible.
Do it regularly. Set a nail trimming schedule with your kid, maybe once or twice a week. If your kid struggles a lot, do not push her to trim all ten fingers in one sitting. Let her dash off and try again later.
Source : What to Expect the Toddler Years, author : Arlene Eisenberg , Heidi Eisenberg Murkoff, Sandee E. Hathaway