clipping toe nails (or fingernails)

Laura - posted on 05/25/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Does anyone hear have trouble clipping your child's nails. My son has a meltdown every time i try to clip his toenails. It's a 2 person job, and i'm a single parent, so it is rather challenging. And once I've finished he will cry for at least 30 minutes to an hour (although has cried up to 2 hours) for me to put them back on. I've tried waiting until he's asleep, but he wakes up, and i've tried th wait as long as possible but it doesn't help. Any advice would be welcome...

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Jennifer - posted on 05/27/2009

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It sometimes helps to do it after a bath when the nails are a little softer. My daughter
is 7 now and we had the same problem. I don't know how old your son is, but I just
started letting her do it herself when she was around 5. I would sit there and watch her to make sure she knew how to do it. She felt more in control if she did it herself.

Laura - posted on 05/27/2009

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So glad i'm not alone...i just tried clipping them last night and i had to pin his legs down, and still almost kicked me off the bed...it's like toe nail clipping gives him super strength.

Mindy - posted on 05/27/2009

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i have the same problem!! I have to physicaly sit on my sons legs.to cut his toe nails. my fingers cramp from trying to keep his feet as still as i can.. finger nails dont bother him.

Jeanne - posted on 05/26/2009

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HI I take care of a little boy who has a mild case of autism. He will not let his mom and dad cut his fingernails, but he will let me. I don't know if there is someone else that he might let do it. I usually try to do it while he is laying on the changing table and hold his hand gently and then try to go as fast as I can. He has never gotten upset with me. Toes he moves around a little more but not upset. Hope this helps.

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