Ingrown Toenails in Children

Prevention and Treatment in Kansas City kids.

Ingrown toenails can be hereditary and they can be common occurrence in children.  If the growth center for the nail is excessively curved, then as the nail grows out, it may dig into the skin causing your child inflammation, pain, and infection.  Signs of an ingrown toenail in children can be noticeable  limping or walking funny and your child complaining about pain when wearing shoes or tight socks.

You can do things to try to prevent ingrown toenails:

  • When trimming your child’s toenails, cut toenail straight across instead of curving the edges.
  • Do not cut your child’s toenails too short.
  • Your children should wear properly fitted shoes so that the shoe is not pushing the nail into the skin.
  • Watch for any injuries to your child’s toenail that may cause an infection.  Have any toenail injuries examined by a podiatrist.

If the ingrown toenail is causing your child pain and infection, treatment can include a minor procedure performed in the office under local anesthesia to remove the ingrown border permanently. Our doctors work with children to help alleviate their pain and infection from ingrown toenails.


If your child has an ingrown toenail, call today for an appointment (often same day) (816) 943-1111.