Tips To Spot And Prevent Painful Ingrown Toenails In Your Kids
If your child suffers from ingrown toenails, don’t fret, Mom and Dad, this is a very common problem. Although painful, podiatrists say ingrown toenails are a common condition they treat among children. Foot doctors blame tight socks, constricting shoes and improper nail trimming for most cases, but in other cases, kids may inherit the tendency for toenails to curve.
Treatments advised by pediatricians often include soaking guidelines, a multitude of antibiotic ointments and creams and, in more severe cases, cutting back a portion of the toenail. These are all great methods of treatment; however, they may fail to work in some cases.
What Causes Ingrown Toenails In Children?
Many times the toenail becomes ingrown because there is a substantial amount of pressure put on the nail. More than likely your child won’t even realize there’s pressure, as it can be caused by their shoes, sleeping position or even the way your child walks. Eliminating these factors is beneficial toward correcting and possibly preventing the problem in the future.
In addition, removal of the sore, tender border of the nail will help alleviate pain. Cosmetically, there is little to no difference in the way your child’s toenail will look because the section that is removed is the piece that is growing downwards into the skin.
A chemical can also be used to prevent the painful border of the toenail from ever growing back. The procedure first requires an injection to numb the toe followed by an application of the chemical to the nail. If your child doesn’t tolerate needles well, there are alternate ways to treat them without traumatization.
Tips To Prevent Ingrown Toenails In Children:
Parents can help prevent painful ingrown toenails by following these few simple tips:
- Teach your child how to trim their toenails properly. Trim toenails straight across and don't cut them too short.
- Make sure your child's shoes fit correctly. Make sure the widest part of the shoe matches the widest part of your child's foot.
- If your child develops a painful ingrown toenail, you can reduce the inflammation by soaking his/her foot in warm water and gently massaging the side of the nail fold.
- Don’t attempt to dig the nail out or cut it out as the possibility of infection is high without the proper tools and sterile environment. The proper way to treat a child's ingrown toenail is with a minor surgical procedure at a doctor's office. In addition to the procedure, a doctor may prescribe antibiotics to your child if he/she has an infected ingrown toenail.
For Treatment Or Prevention Tips Of Ingrown Toenails, Contact Our Foot Experts At One Of Our Kirkland, Everett, Renton Or Redmond Locations.Taking care of your feet is important to your overall health. In addition to following the above tips, be sure to see a podiatrist at the Integrative Foot and Ankle Centers of Washington located in Kirkland, Everett, Renton and Redmond if you’re dealing with foot pain or other foot problems. Call (425) 678-3877 or visit our contact page to get in touch.