Causes of Ingrown Toenails in Children

An ingrown nail (Onychocryptosis) is a painful condition and the result of the toenail digging into the side of your child’s toenail bed. Any of your child’s toes may be affected but it is mainly the big toe. Here are some of the reasons and causes of a pediatric ingrown toenail:

  • Pressure
  • Tight-fitting shoes
  • Toenails trimmed too short
  • Stubbing your toe
  • Foot or toe deformities

Ingrown toenails can cause your child pain and develop an infection. You may notice the skin around the nail appears red and swollen and feels warm to the touch. Because the area surrounding the nail is, sometimes warm and moist germs love to live there resulting in infection. In severe cases, the infection can spread through the toe and into the bone, do not ignore, or leave it untreated.

Main Symptoms to be Aware of

Your child’s or your baby’s toe(s) will be particularly tender and probably quite painful, mainly when rubbed or squeezed a bit by a tight shoe or sock. You might not think that socks would make it hurt but they bind the toes sometimes and even the slightest pressure can cause pain.ingrown toenail diagram

  • The baby may cry out and,
  • Pull on his/her toe or foot.
  • If he or she is a toddler and starting to walk you may notice limping or a grimace when he/she walks.

Infants, Toddlers, and Children with Pediatric Ingrown Toenails should not have to suffer now that you are aware of the symptoms and that the most common causes are improper toenail cutting methods (techniques) and tight socks and/or ill-fitting shoes.

Pediatric Ingrown Toenail – Will it go away by itself?

Many Mothers, Fathers, Parents of children ask will an ingrown toenail heal by itself or go away on its own. The answer to that is… sometimes, but most ingrown toenails do not normally heal by themselves or go away without treatment or properly cutting the ingrown nail by the doctor.

If the ingrown nail doesn’t heal or continues to come back then a part of the toenail and any excess skin can be removed without pain. The doctor will use a local anesthetic to make the procedure painless and comfortable. The pediatric podiatrist Dr. Jarman may also apply a chemical agent to prevent regrowth or a course of antibiotics to help cure the infection.

Your child’s feet are designed for life. Make an appointment today if your child has Pediatric Ingrown Toenails. Call Dr. Jarman on 480 497-3946 or contact us.

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