Nail Health Tips for You and Your Child

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A random fun fact- Did you know that nails start to develop towards the end of the first trimester itself?

Yes! The hard keratin-filled surfaces have been working towards protecting your child's toes and fingers since they were 10 weeks in the womb. While trimming a newborn's nails could be a dreadful experience for the caregiver, the tables might turn around as they get older. Toddlers are inherently restless, and therefore it might be a task to keep them still and/or their hands and feet steady. The fact that many kids might get scared watching a sharp object being used to cut their nails, is not of much help either.

Clean, well-kept nails are not just important for a clean and tidy appearance, but also play a key part in your child's overall health. Long nails often get dirt and germs trapped underneath them, while trimmed nails could prevent the urge to bite on them which further can lead to infections. Short nails also break less often. Additionally, too long toenails could lead to ingrown nails.

Nail Care

Compared to adults, babies have soft nails. However, if left uncut, they could still lead to scratches. A baby's nails grow fast, therefore, it is important to trim their fingernails weekly or even more frequently. Toenails do not require cutting as often as they take longer to grow, but it could be a greater challenge to trim them as they should be trimmed straight across to prevent ingrown nails. We have compiled the importance of nail care along with a few nail health tips to help you steer better through the possibly challenging nail-cutting sessions with your child:


  • Keep nails clean and dry: Usually, washing nails with soap and water is not enough to ensure that the underside of the nail remains clean. Using a nailbrush or a new toothbrush might come in handy in keeping their nails clean. It is also important to ensure that the nails remain dry as nails kept wet for a while could lead to nail infections.
  • Moisturise: Dry nails crack/break more easily. Moisturizing nails, especially after washing hands or bath, keeps them flexible, especially in the presence of dry air.
  • Trimming the nails: Trimming a baby's nails might be easier than you expect. Invest in some infant nail clippers or scissors, and have someone help hold your child steady if they get restless. Trimming their nails after a bath could be easier as they are softer. If you're worried about accidentally cutting their fingertips' then gently press down on the finger pad's edge to prevent doing so. The fingernails should be cut straight across with round corners to keep them strong..
  • Looking after toenails: Toenails may not require as frequent trimming but, there are other nail care habits to be adopted on an everyday basis. Ensure that your child wears comfortable shoes with enough room for toes. Always ensure they wear clean socks, as dirty socks could lead to infections. Wearing flip-flops in public spaces such as public showers and swimming pools could further prevent infections.
  • Looking after toenails: Toenails may not require as frequent trimming but, there are other nail care habits to be adopted on an everyday basis. Ensure that your child wears comfortable shoes with enough room for toes. Always ensure they wear clean socks, as dirty socks could lead to infections. Wearing flip-flops in public spaces such as public showers and swimming pools could further prevent infections.

Nail care in salons

Manicure and pedicure! Quite popular ways of self-care among the adults forever havestarted gaining momentum amongst child nail care too. Today, several salons and pop-up stores offer exclusive packages for children to ensure a fun experience. However, when looking at a professional for services about your child's nails, it is especially important to ensure that clean, safe products and tools are used. And this is where BabySutra comes in (at least for our readers based in Mumbai and Bangalore)! We have a list of services to pamper your little ones in a fun and comfortable way:


  • Manicures and Pedicures: The service one would instantly think of whenever nails and their hygiene are mentioned is a manicure (for hands and fingernails) and a pedicure (for feet and toenails). This service involves a professional person cleaning and polishing your child's nails. We believe looking after hygiene could be taught as a fun experience, and clean nails, followed by fun nail art could just be one of them. At BabySutra, kids can choose from our Rainbow or Mermaid or Unicorn mani- pedicure options for beautiful and mystical nail art designs on their cute little hands and toes.

Our nails give away much more about our health than they seem to. Doctors press on nails to check one's blood circulation, while the appearance of nails might be associated with skin problems, anaemia, and other medical conditions. Therefore, for healthy nails, it is also important to maintain an overall healthy lifestyle. If you notice pain, swelling, or a change in the appearance of nails, you might need to consult a dermatologist.

Looking after nails is extremely important. So, are these pampering sessions for your little ones that they could look forward to (in contrast to the tantrums known with nail cutting!) and realize that hygiene and fun could go hand in hand. Check out our social media handles for our entire range of fun services and exciting packages.

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