Fellow Mum’s and Dad’s I need your help and advice. Burton is scared to have his nails cut with the nail clippers, to the point where he screams and cries and gets hysterical. The worst thing about all this? It’s my fault 🙁
When he was very small keeping his nails short was easy, because his Daddy or I were able to clip them quite easily with his little baby nail clippers. However, once he got older, probably around the 9 month stage, he became aware of what we were doing and wriggled more and tried to remove his hands from our grasp. As time went on it became harder and harder to cut them through his constant moving about to get away from us. On a couple of occasions When I was in charge of trimming them, in my haste to get them cut as quick as I could before he wriggled to get away, I accidentally cut a nail too short and it would bleed a tiny bit. This obviously stung a little and would make the next nail cutting experience worse. It has happened a few times now 🙁
It is just terrible now. We have tried bribing him with chocolate buttons, in that for every nail we cut he gets one; the OH even pretends to cut his nails so he can see it doesn’t hurt but he just gets hysterical whenever he sees the nail clippers coming! Once the fiasco is over, he won’t even go near whichever one of us tried to cut his nails (usually failing) because we have upset him so much.
I blame myself for his new found phobia, due to hurting him a couple of times but it was only because he wriggles so much that I did it. It wasn’t intentional, obviously.
The thing is, where do we go from here? His nails grow so quickly that they need cutting every couple of weeks. If anyone has had any experience of this or something similar and has any advice to share, I would be extremely grateful.
Thank you xx
Thank you xx