Mr8 has Autism, and SPD, and many other numbers and disorders. When he was younger it was easy to cut his nails, now that he’s older and a lot stronger, it’s a nightmare trying to cut his nails. I’ve tried while he’s asleep – he wakes up. I’ve tried after a bath, but he just panics and runs away and screams and you name it. Since he’s turned 8, I have just stopped trying to cut them, because it stresses him out too much. They are getting a little bit longer.


Posted by caramello, 26th March 2015


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  • See if you can go to a department store and get yourself good comfortable toe clippers suitable for a child so it will cut with one clip. With toes you have to cut straight across ( not around the toes ) so there is less chance of ingrown toenails which can lead to infection . It maybe the fact the your son needs to keep still and he can’t , so perhaps talk to his doctor as there maybe another issue and not just being scared of the clippers.



  • You’re going have to sort this asap, he can’t go long with not having his nails cut. He’s 8, surely you can reason with him at that age? Maybe let him do it himself even



  • try to distract him or treat it like a fun game. Wait until he is truly asleep and get in there



  • Have a toe cutting difficult child myself, the podiatrist is my best bet for it, as was worried about with the squirming might do some damage .



  • Thank you for your reply. will be looking into that this week. :-)



  • I agree; look into getting a podiatrist to assist with cutting toe nails. Also ask your GP about supports too.



  • See your GP and get a medical health plan this allows treatment for physio, podiatry and many other professionals bulk billed to Medicare. Podiatry is the safest, quick and the only safe way to handle feet/toes (some even do home visits).


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