Nail care

Babies are born with soft nails. However, they soon dry out, and babies can easily scratch themselves. When your baby is a few days old, smooth any rough edges with an emery board.

Your baby's naptime is a great time to smooth out finger or toenails.

After a few weeks, use a small nail clipper or baby nail scissors.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, seventh edition, ob-ah-90026
First Published: 10/04/2002
Last Reviewed: 12/02/2015

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Use an emery board to smooth out rough edges. Don't use clippers or scissors.