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What is wrong with my daughter's fingernail?

My 8 month old has a funky fingernail on her left middle finger. It grows all pitted and bumpy with almost no cuticle. It's the only one that does this. I've looked and looked online w/ no success. Anybody have any ideas what this is and what causes it?


Asked by Borealis at 7:41 AM on Nov. 3, 2008 in Kids' Health

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  • Does she have any skin problems. Odd rashes, bumps? Small depressions in the nails are common in people with psoriasis — a skin condition that produces scaly patches. They may also result from nail injuries. Pitting may cause your nails to crumble.

    Pitting is also associated with conditions that can damage your nail's cuticle, such as chronic dermatitis of your fingers or alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss. This may be something very minor, but a simple visit to the family doctor if possible would be a good idea.

    Answer by Dr.TRHB at 2:46 AM on Nov. 5, 2008

  • no idea....sorry! whatd the doc say!? i take my kids for everything! doc loves!

    Answer by mommyof3101 at 7:48 AM on Nov. 3, 2008

  • Does she suck on that finger at all??? Maybe that would have something to do with it??

    Answer by JennBrenn237 at 9:26 AM on Nov. 3, 2008

  • Answering both so far:
    We don't go to the doctor unless she's obviously sick. This doesn't really cut it as she is otherwise very healthy.

    No, she doesn't suck or bite on her fingers at all.

    Answer by Borealis at 1:23 PM on Nov. 3, 2008

  • Thanks for your answer. First to the skin problems: no. Her skin is clear and healthy looking. We'll definitely be seeking a medical opinion soon. Thanks again!

    Answer by Borealis at 7:05 AM on Nov. 5, 2008