You accidentally cut Baby’s finger while trimming her nails. What should you do quickly?
Run the finger under running water, and press on the wound to stop the bleeding, advises Dr Tham Lai Peng, senior consultant at the department of emergency medicine from KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
Clean it with antiseptic solution and cover with a non-stick sterile dressing. This first-aid method applies to all cuts.
While you might be eager to check on it, refrain from changing her dressing too frequently.
Do so only every three to four days as removing it daily will pull off the healing tissue and prolong recovery.
But see a doctor immediately if the bleeding is serious, Dr Tham adds. If the wound has been contaminated by soil or dirt, take her to the Emergency Department.
To prevent such accidents, trim your baby’s nails only when she is asleep or relaxed in a brightly lit area.
Get small nail scissors that come with rounded ends, a baby nail clipper or emery board.
Remember to also keep that clipper and other sharp objects out of reach when you’re done.