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Babies' nails can be different lengths at birth and grow at different rates. As you bathe your baby, check the length of his or her nails. Trim the nails if they extend beyond his or her fingertips, to prevent scratching.
A baby's nails can be clipped or cut. Clip your baby's nails after his or her bath when they are softer. You may need someone to help you hold your baby. Your baby's nails can be clipped when he or she is asleep. Use the same precautions. General guidelines for nail care include the following:
Current as of: December 12, 2018
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineKathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineJohn Pope MD - Pediatrics
Current as of:
December 12, 2018
Medical Review:William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & John Pope MD - Pediatrics
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