Hi! My 2 year old hates having his toe nails cut. My husband has to hold him down while I cut them and he gets sooo upset. We give him lollipop and turn on the tv as distraction, it doesn't help too much. And it's getting worse. Any suggestions out there?


Kyndra - posted on 02/11/2009




have you tried filing them instead? my daughter loves her nail files, but usually hates the clippers. occasionally she'll let me cut them but usually not. and i end up filing them and she loves to do it herself also.

Elaine - posted on 03/25/2011




my son is 7 and is the same. when itry to cut his toe nails he screams,kicks & does everything posible to stop me. nothing works and hes getting worse.idont no what to do

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Dominique - posted on 10/09/2012




Hi! The same thing happened with my daughter Britten. I learned that filing works great! Try it, I hope it works with you and your child.

Christene - posted on 02/12/2009




I had this problem but no more. Try having you clip you husbands nails, then your s and your sons. that way he knows its something we all do and can do together. now my kids sit after their shower and stick their feet up in the air asking to be clipped.

Melissa - posted on 02/12/2009




Thanks for all of the helpful responses! I'll try getting him more involved with the process!

Jacqui - posted on 02/11/2009




Hi, I have a 16 month old and i've been cutting her nails since she was born (well since they needed cutting) and I've always let her watch me i talk to her tell her how many are left and i've never had a problem, her feet are really sensitive and she wiggles a little with them but not that much that i can't do it.  try letting him see and join him in with it, he might grow to enjoy it.  Good luck.

Melissa - posted on 02/11/2009




Try giving him a clipper to play with. My almost 2 year old did the same thing until we gave her one to play with, I now tell her that I'm going to cut her nails some time that day and she says okay. When I'm ready, I say okay mommy's going to cut your nails now. I give her a pair to play with as she's trying to figure out how to open it, I grab each nail and clip...at first you have to do it in stages, maybe 3 out of 5 nails at a time, right now, he associates bad things with his nails being cut, so you have to give him a bit of time to come around. Good luck!

Gabrielle - posted on 02/11/2009




We let our daughter pretend to cut and file our nails, and she gets to decide which nail is next. We usually do it in front of the TV, too. I'm sure it's stressful for your son, and being held down just adds to the stress. Maybe try just one nail at a time, even one nail a day, if you have to. Let him decide which one, let him watch, let him play with the clippers or nail file, whatever it takes. This might help him feel more in control. If it becomes less of a negative, traumatic event for him, maybe he'll start to relax about it.

Erika - posted on 02/11/2009




I am guessing that this has always stressed you out right? Everyone seems to be scared of cutting little fingers off.....It seems as a fear now to your child. If you explain that they scratch themselves and others and give owies....along with continuing to show on yourselves....Sometimes the way you are holding them scares them too. If they are sitting on your lap and you can talk in their ear and give them encouragement "good job only one more" and so on the whole time they will get over it eventually. My sister in law never cut my nephews nails and so when he was bigger and using them as weapons she had a hard time because he was scared. On her last child she cut them every week from day one and there was no problem. She was calm and not scared herself.

Good luck!


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Another option is to file them instead of cutting them, if he's ok with that. He may be ticklish or just not like having his feet played with, but then, you'd know that better than some online person. You can explain it doesn't hurt, but that doesn't work until they really begin to understand the difference between pain and no pain. Doing it while they sleep is an option as well as long as you don't wake them up by touching feet.

Joanne - posted on 02/11/2009




When my daughter was 1 year old she did the same thing.  All I can tell you is that we kept on explaining that it doesn't hurt, we showed her how we cut our own nails and eventually she grew out of it.  She is going to be 3 in May and I'd say she stopped doing it about 6 months ago.  Hang in there!

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