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By contactus
April 15, 2011
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Ingrown toenails are a very common problem with children. Parents can prevent a common childhood foot problem by following some simple recommendations.

Many kids hide their ingrown toenails from their parents, even though the condition can cause significant pain. An ingrown nail can break the skin and lead to dangerous infections. What’s to blame for these ingrown toenails? Tight shoes, tight socks and incorrect nail trimming can be blamed for most cases. In others, the children may inherit the tendency for nails to curve.

Here are some tips to help prevent these painful situations:

  • Teach children how to trim their toenails properly. Trim toenails in a fairly straight line, and don't cut them too short.
  • Make sure children's shoes fit. Shoe width is more important than length. Make sure that the widest part of the   shoe matches the widest part of your child's foot.
  • If a child develops a painful ingrown toenail, reduce the inflammation by soaking the child's foot in room-temperature water and gently massaging the side of the nail fold.

The only proper way to treat a child's ingrown toenail is with a minor surgical procedure at a doctor's office. Parents should never try to dig the nail out or cut it off. These dangerous "bathroom surgeries" carry a high risk for infection. It may be necessary to prescribe antibiotics to children with infected ingrown toenails.

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