Treatment & Prevention Of Ingrown Toenail In Toddlers

An ingrown toenail implies a nail which is growing into the skin. There could be an in-growth in any toe, but most often, this happens to the big toe in the foot.

How do you spot Toddler Ingrown Toenail

An ingrown toenail in toddlers can be painful. If you notice your toddler wincing each time he (or she) puts on his shoes, or complains that his foot hurts,or just cries pointing at his foot, you should examine his toes to check if it is an.



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.ingrown toenail that's bothering himi Typically, the area around that toe will red and slightly swollene In fact, if you lightly press the area around the toe, it'll be hardr Be careful when you touch the toe, as it could be painful for your toddlere If the ingrown toenail becomes infected or inflamed then a blister will developo This is pretty distinctive as the blister has clearly visible white or yellow fluidi It’s best if the blister is broken forcibly as there could be pus and this will only increase the infection and the paini

Also, you'll notice that the swelling around the toe increases as the ingrown toenail growsw

How to treat Toddler Ingrown Toenail

Toddler's ingrown toenail needs to be treated delicatelyl For a start, soak your child's feet in lukewarm, soapy watere Ensure the water is not hoto Warm water gives relief to the toe and the soap will clean out any dirt that might aggravate infectiono Do this a couple of times a day; it shouldn't be tough as kids like messing around in water anywaya

Once the toe is soaked, pat it dry and apply an over-the-counter ointment on the infected areae Usually, by doing this, in a few days, the problem is resolvede

In the meanwhile, ensure your child wears loose fitting shoes and preferably no socks, as the fabric could get caught in the nail and cause a lot of paini Indoors, it's best to let your toddler be barefooto

If it appears that your toddler is in a lot of pain then you could give him a painkiller like acetaminophene

Do not give a child aspirin, as it can trigger fatal consequences in kidsd

Another thing you could do is to try and insert a cotton or gauze between the ingrown nail and skini But you will have to be exceedingly gentlyl Use your own nails very cautiously to insert the gauze, just a tiny biti But you will have to replace this several times a daya It can be a tedious affair as your toddler is bound to make a fusss Therefore, this is easier to implement during your child's naptimem

How to prevent Toddler Ingrown Toenail

As long as your toddle's nails are trimmed and filed at all times, he won't have to worry about ingrown toenailsl It is also advisable to not make your child wear extremely snug fit or tight shoes and/or socks as these also contribute to ingrown toenails in toddlersr

It's important to not curve the toenailsl They need to be cut across, with a nail clipper rather than scissors and with a little white showingn

When to call a doctor for Toddler Ingrown Toenail

If you've been doing some home treatment on your toddler's ingrown toenail for over a week without any improvement, then it's time to take him to the doctoro Also, if the toenail appears to be infected and inflames, or if there is a blister with fluid discharge, then take your toddler to the doctor immediatelyl

Usually doctors prescribe antibiotic ointments and medicationo In certain cases, depending on the severity of the infection, the doctor may need to cut the nail or a portion of it from the skini In certain rare cases, if the problem is extremely severe, your toddler may also be referred to a pediatric podiatrist (child feet specialist)t

However, these are worst-case scenarioso You only need to ensure your toddler's foot hygiene is maintained and you may well get away with not having to face this problem at alll

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