Some children have difficulty tolerating having their nails cut which can make this necessary task upsetting and stressful for parent and child. Here are some suggestions for you to try with your child:
> Provide deep pressure activities before attempting to cut their nails eg. Hand massage or place an inflatable swimming arm band on hand and massage each nail before and after each cut.
> Try different tools, for example, if your child cannot tolerate nail scissors, try using nail clippers or a nail file. You may need to experiment with a few different things before finding what is most comfortable for your child. Some children take a little while to adapt to new sensations, so try to use a new tool 4 or 5 times before trying the next thing. Curved nail scissors, baby nail clippers, nail files (cardboard or glass) are all worth trying. Ensure your tools are sharp so that they cut through the nail on the first attempt.
> Use a visual aid so that they are aware what the process will look like
> Offer fiddle or squeeze toys.
> Encourage them to count down so they know when the process will end.
> Give your child an element of control, such as choosing which nail to cut first.
> Encourage your child to be in a comfortable position e.g. sitting down.