Ingrown toenails happen, even to kids, toddlers and babies but if you can address the beginning stages early you can usually remedy the situation yourself. There are multiple reasons an ingrown toenail develops but in the case of little ones it's usually from improper nail clipping or a trauma to the toe. An ingrown toenail can be painful and prone to infection as the side or corner of the nail begins to grow into the soft flesh of the toe, once again, catching the problem early is key!
First and foremost keep the toenail clean, an ingrown toenail can be painful enough you don't want to take the chance of an infection setting in. What can you do?
how to keep the toenail clean
1. Once or twice a day, soak in a tub of warm water with one cup epsom salts for 15 minutes to let the skin and nail get nice and soft.
2. Wash feet with soap and water and proceed to the next step!
let nature provide the relief
1. Apply 1 drop of pure Frankincense (undiluted) to the clean, freshly washed toe, let it absorb into the skin. FYI - Frankincense is a powerful anti-inflammatory and can help with the swelling and discomfort but it's also very, very gentle and can be used without a carrier oil in most cases.
2. Apply Camp Wander All Purpose Healing Salve over the Frankincense application - All Purpose Healing Salve is nature's neosporin, an antimicrobial salve made with Melaleuca, Lavender, Lemon essential oils in a base of coconut oil, olive oil, beeswax, rosehip seed oil and vitamin e oil to keep skin soft AND clean. This is a work horse of a salve, a little goes a long way!
Begin this remedy as soon as you notice a change in the nail and/or any discomfort. Be regular with use, natural remedies generally require a consistent routine to get the best results.
Make sure shoes worn during the day are comfortable and loose but I'd suggest socks only worn in the house.
Apply remedy 2x daily.