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Nail cutting

Some children can’t stand the sensation of having their nails cut. Getting the child to sit still for long enough may become a battle between you and the child.

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Try cutting the child’s toenails after a bath when they are softer and the child is more likely to be relaxed.

Distract the child by getting them to watch TV or a video while it is being done. Have someone else with you who can talk/act as a distraction.

Consider cutting the child’s nails while he or she is sleeping if it is a real battle every time.

Nail clippers or manicure scissors designed for infants are best. The tips are rounded for safety.

Offer a reward to the child if they manage to sit still while you are cutting.