Today's Blog Post is written by Monique Milne (B.Pod, M.A.Pod.A.), owner and podiatrist at Well Heeled Podiatry. It addresses a common problem for toddlers – ingrown toenails.
As a parent, we know that your child's health and comfort are your top priorities. One common problem that can cause pain and discomfort for toddlers is ingrown toenails. These can be incredibly frustrating for parents to deal with, especially if they become infected. Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to prevent and manage ingrown toenails in your little one.
First and foremost, it's important to ensure your child's footwear is wide and comfortable. We know how tempting it can be to buy those cute little shoes, but tight-fitting footwear is one of the primary causes of ingrown toenails in toddlers. To prevent this from happening, make sure your child's shoes have enough space in the toe box to allow their toes to move freely.
Another crucial step is to trim your toddler's toenails properly. This means cutting them straight across and avoiding rounding the edges. By doing this, you can prevent the nails from growing into the skin.
In case your child does get an ingrown toenail, don't panic! Soaking their feet in a lukewarm salt water bath for 5-10 minutes and gently lifting the nail, and applying an antibiotic ointment can help to manage the problem. Regularly cleaning and drying their feet is also important to prevent infection. However if this is causing you baby distress or does not resolve quickly it is best to see a podiatrist, who is experienced in dealing with ingrown toenails in toddlers.
Remember, your child's feet are precious, and taking care of them is essential. By following these simple steps, you can prevent and manage ingrown toenails in your toddler and keep them healthy and comfortable. So go ahead and invest in those wide, comfy shoes - your little one will thank you for it!
When it comes to finding comfortable and wide shoes for your little ones, there are plenty of options available in the market. Two great options that come to mind are Bobux and Vivo children's shoes.
Bobux shoes are designed with toddlers in mind and are specifically crafted to promote natural foot development. They come in various sizes, widths, and styles to ensure a perfect fit for your child's feet. The shoes feature a wide toe box and flexible sole, allowing your child's toes to move and grip as they naturally would, without being constrained. They also have adjustable straps or elasticated laces for a secure fit, so you can be sure that they will stay on your little one's feet while they play and explore.
Vivo children's shoes, on the other hand, are designed with a wider toe box and a thinner, more flexible sole. They are made from sustainable materials and are built to last. The shoes are perfect for active kids who love to run, jump, and climb, as they allow natural movement of the feet. Vivo also offers a range of sandals and boots for various occasions, making them a versatile and reliable choice for parents.
Both Bobux and Vivo children's shoes prioritize comfort, flexibility, and natural foot development. Investing in a pair of these shoes for your little one can help prevent and manage ingrown toenails, as they provide ample space for your child's toes to move freely.
In conclusion, when looking for wide and comfortable shoes for your toddler, consider brands like Bobux and Vivo. These brands offer excellent options that promote natural foot development, support active play, and help prevent ingrown toenails. Investing in a pair of high-quality shoes ensures your child's feet remain healthy and comfortable and that they look great too!
To learn more about Bobux and Vivobarefoot Kids Shoes, bring your little ones to our Hampton store or connect with us via video call, and we'll help you with sizing and finding a perfect fit for their feet! Book an in-store or online fitting here.