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By Clark Podiatry Center
July 06, 2016
Tags: ingrown toenails  

One of the most commons foot problems that babies and children may experience is an ingrown toenail. This condition, which is medically called onychocryptosis, can occur when toes are injured, toenails are too long, or toenails experience pressure in and down due to tight socks or shoes. Those who inherit toenails that tend to curve downwards are more likely to experience ingrown toenails.                                                                            

How to tell if your baby or child has an ingrown toenail

Most ingrown toenails are identifiable by redness or swelling of the skin near toenail edges. If the ingrown toenail is not prevented or treated early, the toe can feel very tender and painful. Babies may cry and keep touching the toes. Toddlers and older children may tell you about pain or show a painful expression when walking or moving their feet.

If an ingrown toenail becomes infected, you should treat your child’s feet sooner rather than later. You may see a blister and red skin near the toenail. If the below home treatment suggestions are not effective, or the infection has already become a big problem, please make an appointment for your child to see our board-certified podiatrist, Brandon Macy, D.P.M of Clark Podiatry Center.

Early (home) treatment for ingrown toenails

Babies and children should have a foot soak in warm, soapy water, a few times a day. When the foot has been soaking for at least 10 minutes, the skin should be softened enough to allow for you to pull back the skin that is over the ingrown toenail. You can try to put a small piece of sterile cotton or gauze under the toenail to keep it away from the skin. If the skin is red, apply some over-the-counter antibiotic ointment to treat any infection.

Babies should not have any shoes until they are walking, so we recommend keeping shoes off of babies. For toddlers and children, we recommend loose-fitting shoes or open-toed sandals until the ingrown toenail is treated and healed. Stay away from physical activity that involves the front of the toes (soccer, climbing, dancing). Remember to keep toenails trimmed straight across to prevent any other ingrown toenails.

If your children’s ingrown toenails are too deep or infected to the point of dramatic redness, swelling, bleeding or discharge, please bring him/her into the office as soon as possible. Also, if you feel any uncertainty about treating your child’s ingrown toenail at home, Dr. Macy will take necessary steps to prevent it from worsening. Make an appointment at our Clark, New Jersey office today to meet your children’s pediatric podiatry needs!

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