Toddlers can get ingrown toenails just like adults. And if you’ve ever had one, you know how painful they can be.
An ingrown toenail happens when the nail grows toward the skin and causes pressure. Usually, this happens on the big toe, but can happen to any toe.
If your toddler has an ingrown toenail, you can help to alleviate the pain by soaking their foot is warn soapy water a couple of times a day. Then gently file back or trim the nail being careful not to break the skin.
If you cannot file back the nail where it is protruding into the skin, see if you can use your fingernail to slightly lift the toenail away from the skin. If so, you can insert a tiny piece of sterile cotton in the gap between the nail and the skin. This will relieve the pressure. Make sure you replace the cotton several times each day.
To prevent future ingrown toenails, check your toddler’s shoes. At this age, their feet are growing quickly and proper fitting shoes are important.
Trim your child’s toenail regularly using a clipper instead of scissors. You should cut the toenails straight across and not rounded. If your child does not cooperate with you, try to do it while he is asleep.
If your toddlers’ ingrown toenail does not get better after a week or so, you may consider taking him to the doctor, especially if the skin around the toenail is red or if there are any signs of infection.