My 6 week old has ingrown toenails...

Andrea - posted on 04/28/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Our 6 week old has ingrown nails on the top edge of both his big toes...one appears to be infected (is oozing pus), the other just red and swollen at this point. I am planning on calling our pediatrician about it tomorrow, but wondering if any moms out there have had this issue with their newborn and what course(s) of action were recommended/treatment was given. He's so little, and everything I've read talks about correct fitting shoes, how to trim the nails, putting cotton under the nail, etc., but none of what I've read applies to a newborn with nails you can barely see, much less trim or anything else! We've been soaking his toes in the bath and trying to massage the tissue away from the nail edge every day, and have also been avoiding even putting socks on his feet to reduce the pressure on his toes. Appreciate any feedback anyone may have. Thanks!

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Tara - posted on 04/28/2009

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well i know epsome salts are very good for the infection as well as keeping the nail soft....i do have to say i have never heard of ingrown toe nails on a young baby....if you can, keep his feet clear of fabric or any thing that can irritate the toes,ingrown toe nails can be very painful so if he is fussing about it you may consider tylenol.....so if you use the salts you put the salts into warm water (warm as possible) and try to soak the babies feet until water is cool also you could put a small amount of poly sporn on the toes and wrap the toes in a small bandaid(not to tight)



good luck

Corinne - posted on 04/28/2009

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hey i had this issue with my little guy he did have the puss. i just stopped putting him in anything with feet. take him out of all one pieces or do like i did and cut the feet off, keep doing the soaks and massages and it does get better my boy is almost three now and he still has strange toes, but not any ingrown nails if you have any questions i am here

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Vanessa - posted on 04/28/2009

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No problem, I know what it's like having little ones with "boo boo's" that you can't fix. It's the worst!! Good luck and I hope your Dr. can help you quickly.

Andrea - posted on 04/28/2009

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Thanks for the post...unfortunately, right now I can't even file or trim the tops of his toenails as they are so tiny and wedged up against his skin so tightly. Fortunately, his fingernails are nothing like that, and I find I have to trim or file those daily! Hopefully the dr can give us some insight before they get much worse.

Vanessa - posted on 04/28/2009

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That happened to my son (minus the oozing), I started bitting his nails while he was asleep. He never had ingrown nails again. Also now that he is older when I trim his nails I make sure to trim a "V' in the top of the nail and it prevents ingrown nails (if that makes sense?) Sound like your baby has some kind of infection though, he may need an antibiotic to stop the oozing.

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