Ingrown Toenail in Children
An ingrown toenail is when the sides of the nail grow into the surrounding skin and tissue. Cutting into the skin like this may cause inflammation and infection.
Ingrown toenails may be very painful and make it difficult to wear closed-toe shoes. They are very common in teenagers.
The skin around the ingrown nail may appear red and warm. The damaged skin will allow bacteria to enter and then cause an infection.
When infected, the skin will become painful, red and swollen. There may be discharge of fluid or pus around the nail.
Without professional treatment, this infection may lead to a skin infection called cellulitis or even osteomyelitis, or infection of the bone.
Treating Ingrown Toenails
If the ingrown toenail is in its early stages, wearing wider shoes and trimming the nails straight across can help resolve the problem. Soaking the foot in warm soapy water and bandaging when shoes are worn can help ease the pain and inflammation.
If the toenail becomes infected or you see a discharge, please see a foot doctor. We will remove part of the toenail under local anesthetic and apply medication to stop the problem edge of the nail to regrow.
Preventing Ingrown Toenails
Always cut your child’s toenails straight across rather than rounding and don’t cut them too short.
Your child’s shoes should fit well and have ample room for the toes.