Looking for parents who have difficulty with nail clipping

Lisa - posted on 01/01/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I have a 15 yr old son who is mentally challenged and has apraxia. He is very fearful of having his nails trimmed and he's getting too strong to fight with. Anybody have any suggestions on how to deal with them without having a major battle. I've tried just about everything.

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Ursula - posted on 01/08/2010

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My son has sensory disorders, and early on he hated getting is hair cut and having his nails clipped. Now, he can tolerate both. I found out when he was little, he tolerated having his nails cut the best after a bath. I would let him sit in the tub and play for awhile, then clip his nails right away. I don't know if it was because his fingertips were less sensitive after being in the tub, but it works for us. He is now 13 and I still do it after a shower. I also would only do fingers, saving toes for another time. In the beginning, don't try to do all of the fingers if he is really sensitive. Start out with one or two fingers, and really praise him for a job well done, take it slow, increasing fingers clipped gradually. Maybe try to distract him while you clip with music, the tv, have him hold something else in his other hand. I hope that helps, be patient, it will take a lot of time to get to the point that you can do all 10 fingers and 10 toes.

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Sophia - posted on 09/29/2012

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do it right after bath .. the nails are soft or as he sleep. it takes longer as he sleep but... it can be done. cut and stop.

Ally - posted on 02/21/2010

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I bite Gabriel's nails, we make a game of it and I pretend to eat his fingers and then bite off each nail as we go along. Not very pleasant, but it works...oh the things that mommies have to do :)

Brenda - posted on 01/03/2010

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When my son was about 10 I gave him the clippers and let him do it. He cuts them every 3-4days by himself (13yrs) I think it made him feel more in control. He would fight me before. Good Luck and God Bless with much patience :)

Elizabeth - posted on 01/03/2010

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My son is 9 and has Bipolar Disorder as well as Asperger's Syndrome. He does not like it when I have to clip his nails but he does let me do it. I still use a baby nail clipper because the regular ones are to big and really scare him.

Rachael - posted on 01/03/2010

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Can you clip while he is asleep? I need advice too. My son is 14 and on the Autism specturm. I stopped when he was six because he could not stand the cutting. He bites his nails and toe nails down to the skin. It is gross. I worry about him getting an infection w/ the bitting which he has w/ his big toe. He has tried to stop but he does it to relieve his anxiety.

Janet - posted on 01/03/2010

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This is a difficult one, but I use an emery board and make a game of it, it has to be done more often but does work, hope this helps

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