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Nail disorders in babies

Nail disorders in babies


Baby nails yours grow very fast, at least compared to his little fingers. At birth, most babies have long nails, and parents are often worried that they may scratch their face alone. In any case, in the first weeks he tried to resist the temptation to cut his nails because they are very soft, and when you cut them, there is a risk of cutting them too deep and bleeding.

Have we ever imagined that small baby nails, so pink, can have serious problems? Further, you will find out how to prevent infections caused by certain bacteria in your fingernails.

You've probably heard of ingrown toenails, can the baby also have this condition?

It seems like yes, an ingrown toenail is one that presses and grows above the skin, this can happen at any finger, although the most common cases have been encountered at the thumb.

The baby's foot may be and may be hurting, especially if the area is rubbed on the sock or the footwear it wears. The first typical sign that appears is redness and swelling of the skin at the edge of the nail.

In case a nail is damaged, you will notice a basil that contains a white or yellow fluid, surrounded by a red area. If the baseline breaks, there is a possibility that there is pus. Swelling or redness may worsen as the nail grows.

Since it is about babies, we must realize that we cannot apply the same treatment as an adult. What should you do? It's very simple, follow the directions step by step:

- Soak your baby's foot in water (not hot) for 10 minutes, 2-3 times a day. Most babies love to splash and play with water, so it may not be hard to convince them when it's time to drink.

- After removing it from the bathroom, be sure to dry it properly and apply an antibiotic cream to the problem area. (For the consent of the use of antibiotic cream please consult your pediatrician!)

- Do not allow the baby to wear shoes that would aggravate his condition, leave his foot uncovered, especially when lying in bed in the heat.

However, you wonder how this ingrown nail appeared? It is simple, however, because the nails of your baby grow very large, they tend to bend and can penetrate the flesh. But it is possible that the ingrown toenail will also appear if there are shoes that upset and embarrass him. Oh, so be careful!

Prevention of ingrown toenails, is it possible?

Of course, specialists say that if you take care of your baby's nails and cut them square and round. Because the baby grows very fast, we recommend that you do not raise your foot to avoid problems.

However, remember that if the reincarnated nail did not heal after a week of outpatient treatment, it is advisable to consult a specialist doctor, even earlier if you notice that the area is infected - it is possible that the redness will accentuate and the pus may accumulate. .

If there is no infection around the nail, it is likely that the doctor will prescribe an oral antibiotic and also easily remove the nail that disturbs the skin. If the problem is severe, your doctor may recommend a podiatrist (specialist in foot disorders).

Of the infections of the feet, the most common bacteria that can lead to their appearance are:

- dermatophytes (fungus that affects the skin and its appendages);
- mold or non-dermatophytes (affects the skin and nails, most microorganisms develop on the ground).

Ingrown toenails or nails cut too short can become infected with such bacteria. Babies who sweat a lot on their feet are much more likely to become infected with them. Avoid wearing it with socks made of synthetic material or rubber shoes.

Mushroom infection can also occur due to excessive exposure to water and detergents. Moisture that stays under the nails stimulates the growth of bacteria.

Laura MoiseEditor