How do you put a band-aid on that tiny finger?!

Kera - posted on 01/14/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My husband and I are terrified to clip our 3 mos. daughter's fingernails. She's a preemie, so her hands are still tiny, tiny. She curls them into a ball and just tonight, my poor husband nicked her skin and she bled for 10 minutes. The baby book's always say, "Clean the wound and put on a band-aid".

HOW???

If you have any tips, please let us know, so when this happens again, we're more prepared...
Thanks!

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Sarah - posted on 01/26/2010

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We did the same thing and my stepmother is a nurse and my son bled through three bandaids and she was getting ready to mske us take him in that is a lot of blood for a preemie. Use the little circle bandaids but I like the emory board idea too. BTW my son to this day at three years old hates his fingernails being clipped..do you think it is PTSD from me doing that to him the day I got him home from the hospital

Sara - posted on 01/14/2010

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Well, first of all, I would recommend using an emery board to file your baby's nails, I'm not saying that clipping them is a bad idea, I just think that filing is safer at a younger and more fragile age (especially the lil preemie fingers). But I would almost not even worry about putting a band-aid on it and just clean the wound and let it heal itself naturally and put little hand mits on her hands so she won't make the wound any worse. You could try putting a band-aid on and then putting the mits on her hands so that it would stay on better. A little neosporin (sp?) applied to the wound wouldn't hurt if you put the mits on her hands so she wouldn't get it in her mouth, eyes, etc. Hope I was a little helpful!!

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Chelle - posted on 01/15/2010

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We cut my sons nails when he first got home and we nicked his pinky. We had to take a normal bandaid and cut teh smalest sliver off it and put it on his hand. It worked great for us!

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