Ingrown toenails are most common in the big toes and may be accompanied by pain, redness, swelling, odor, and drainage. If you suspect your child may be suffering from an ingrown toenail do not try to remove it yourself. An ingrown toenail should be treated by a podiatrist. However, if you think the ingrown toenail may have caused an infection, soak your child's foot in warm salt water or soapy water. Apply a bandage and antiseptic to the area after soaking.
You should contact a podiatrist immediately if you suspect your child has an ingrown toenail especially in the case of extreme redness or drainage. It is also especially important to seek medical attention if your child is diabetic or suffers from circulation problems. The podiatrist will remove the ingrown portion of the toenail and may subscribe a medication.
To prevent ingrown toenails in your child ...
- Trim toenails straigt across
- Make sure you child has properly fitted shoes; avoid pointed or narrow toeboxes
- Never rip or tear the edges of toenails