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To file newborn's fingernails?

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CharlotteS2016 Sun 25-Sep-16 19:15:37

He is only a day old... Is it safe to do so?

Mybeardeddragonjustdied2016 Sun 25-Sep-16 19:16:25

Just peel them off!!

IfNotNowThenWhenever Sun 25-Sep-16 19:16:40

No, just bite them. How long can his nails be at a day old tho?!

OverAndAbove Sun 25-Sep-16 19:18:12

Their nails can be really long, particularly if they are overdue! They're soft though, so you can just bite them; I used to worry about cutting off the ends of their fingers...

CharlotteS2016 Sun 25-Sep-16 19:18:12

They're not that long, they're just not very straight

MinnowAndTheBear Sun 25-Sep-16 19:18:43

I'm sure it will be fine, but will it be possible? They can clench their fingers into quite a tight fist even at that age.
Actually, in the first few days the nails sort of peeled off once they were long enough.

LittleLionMansMummy Sun 25-Sep-16 19:21:15

Bite them off was the advice I got. They're really soft.

HereIAm20 Mon 26-Sep-16 20:03:25

Yes advice is to bite them!

YesThisIsMe Mon 26-Sep-16 20:06:37

They're too soft to file, it just won't work. Bite or use special baby nail clippers.

Lifeisshort123 Mon 26-Sep-16 20:08:08

Wait until he's a little older. I cut my kids nails for the first time when they were 10 days to 2 weeks.

Mypurplecaravan Mon 26-Sep-16 20:16:22

They won't file well yet.

Bite them

File them when he is older if you want rather than using the clippers

glueandstick Mon 26-Sep-16 20:17:59

Just wait until they come away at a corner and then peel.

I use adult nail clippers on my 7 month old and have done since they stopped peeling.

mineofuselessinformation Mon 26-Sep-16 20:23:06

A word of warning - both of my dcs were born with long nails (overdue!), but their nails were fused to their fingertips. It took a while for them to free up so I could shorten them - I bit them.

User6Billion Mon 26-Sep-16 20:24:52

Of course UNBU they have tiny tiger razor sharp nails

Flisspaps Mon 26-Sep-16 20:31:19

Why do they need to be straight?

gamerchick Mon 26-Sep-16 20:36:52

Impossible to file if I remember right. Why do they have to be straight?

Notso Mon 26-Sep-16 20:38:39

Filing is the recommended way to care for newborn nails.
Biting can cause infection and peeling can mean you peel off too low which will hurt. They are too soft to clip for the first month or so.

Hadenoughoftumble Mon 26-Sep-16 20:41:10

I know a lot of people bite them off and it's absolutely fine.

But I gave birth to my second child on Friday and when we were discharged on Saturday the midwife told me to file or use baby clippers and definitely not to bite them as some babies can get an infection from the bacteria in our mouths. I'm sure I did it with my first- but that's the advice I was given this time.

Hadenoughoftumble Mon 26-Sep-16 20:42:32

Sorry cross post with Notso

Laineymc7 Mon 26-Sep-16 20:47:16

Bite the edge and then peel. Quicker easier and no chance of hurting babies skin.

pointlessperson Mon 26-Sep-16 20:49:08

I also filed my newborns nails for first few weeks

GoofyTheHero Mon 26-Sep-16 21:55:55

Yeah file them if you want. Current advice is to not bite them due to bacteria. Why do you want them to be straight though?

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