Ingrown toenails commonly develop from incorrect nail trimming or wearing shoes that are too tight, putting pressure on the big toes. Unfortunately it’s a condition that children develop more and more often.
An ingrown toenail is most likely to occur on the big toe, but any toe can be affected. Even tearing or picking at the nail, repeated pressure or trauma to the nail can all lead to this.
At first, the skin around the ingrowing nail may become red and feel slightly sore. With time, there can be more pain and swelling. Small openings in the skin can then allow bacteria to enter, which can cause the area to become infected.
Without an official diagnosis and proper treatment, a round of antibiotics and/or total removal of the toenail may be necessary.
If your child is displaying signs of an ingrown toenail, we recommend making an appointment with our clinic to ensure they’re accurately diagnosed, so we can get them back on their feet right away!
In the meantime, to alleviate pain, you can soak their feet in warm water for 5-10 minutes to soften the toenail, then place a small piece of sterile cotton underneath the toenail to alleviate the pressure. Avoid trimming their toenails too short. Additionally, you can have your child wear wide shoes that won’t cause further irritation.
We’re here to help your children get back on their feet ASAP. Book an appointment with us here.