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what do I do about my babys ingrown toenail?

Its a little puffy and discolored in the corner of the big toe, the doctor didnt think anything of it the last time (3 weeks ago) and it doesnt seem to bother her but she doesnt like it to be touched.. anyone had this happen before?

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Asked by SavanaF. at 3:33 PM on Jul. 25, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Soak your baby's foot in warm (not hot) soapy water for about ten minutes, two or three times a day. (Most babies love to splash around in water, so it shouldn't be too hard to convince him to do this.) Afterward, dry it and apply a dab of over-the-counter antibiotic ointment or cream to the problem area.

    You might try gently filing the nail away from the skin. If you can, use your nails to gently lift the toenail and insert a small amount of sterile cotton or gauze between the nail and the skin. Use only enough to raise the nail slightly, and replace the cotton several times a day. (If you can't get your baby to sit still for this, try it while he's sleeping.)

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 4:16 PM on Jul. 25, 2010

  • If you think that the ingrown nail is really bothering your baby, you might consider giving him a carefully measured dose of over-the-counter pain reliever, such as acetaminophen. (Never give your child aspirin, which can trigger Reye's syndrome — a rare but potentially fatal illness. And if your baby is younger than 3 months old, check with the doctor before giving him anything at all.)

    Have your baby wear loose-fitting shoes or sandals until the toe is healed, and let him go barefoot at home. In many cases, an ingrown toenail will improve in a few days once you start taking these steps.

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 4:16 PM on Jul. 25, 2010

  • If an ingrown toenail doesn't improve after about a week of home treatment, see your baby's doctor. Call the doctor sooner if the skin appears infected — if the area of redness increases dramatically, there's discharge, or there's any redness streaking up the toe.

    If there's an infection around the nail, the doctor will probably treat your baby with an oral or topical antibiotic. The doctor may need to cut the offending nail away from the skin or remove a portion of it. If the problem is severe, she may refer you to a pediatric podiatrist (a doctor who specializes in children's feet)

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 4:17 PM on Jul. 25, 2010

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