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Ingrown toenail in children: causes and treatments

If you notice your child's toe is red and swollen, it is due to an ingrown toenail and this is very common in children. It's an inherited inclination in some circumstances and it can sometimes cut through the skin, causing infection.

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Ingrown toenails in children can be caused by a variety of factors and they include;

1 Inappropriate Nail Cutting

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Ingrown toenails are most commonly caused by cutting nails too short. When a nail is cut too short, the surrounding skin may cover the nail's ends, causing the nail to regrow in the skin.

2 Shoes that don't fit properly

Another possible cause of an ingrown toenail is wearing shoes that are too tight. If your child's feet are rapidly growing and he continues to wear the same shoes, he may have an ingrown toenail. The delicate skin on the corners of the nail can be pushed over the nail by ill-fitting shoes, causing the nail to develop into it.

3 Injury to the toes

If your toddler repeatedly stubbles his toes, he may have ingrown toenails. In addition, if an infant or toddler loses a nail due to an injury, the new nail may develop unhealthily compared to the existing one.

Here are home remedies for treating an ingrown toenail

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1 To relieve swelling and pain, soak your child's affected foot in warm, soapy water. Allow him to soak his foot in this solution for 20 minutes twice a day.

2 To relieve inflammation and prevent infection, apply an antibiotic ointment to the affected region. Repeat this process 2 to 3 times every day for a week.

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3 You can use a cotton bud dipped in olive oil to gently push the skin away from the ingrown nail.

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