Baby Toenail Fungus

Infant toenail fungus is easy to contract and particularly prevalent during the summer months. The most common signs of baby toenail fungus are a brownish color of the nail, thickening of the nail, dryness along the nail edges, and a brittle crumbling nail. Soaking a cotton ball with white vinegar and scrubbing the entire infected toenail twice daily can be an effective way to treat fungus. Prescription strength antifungal medications are not appropriate for babies as they have serious side effects, particularly liver damage.

Fast Facts:

  • A physician or podiatrist can typically diagnose nail fungus with a visual inspection.
  • Toenail fungus can last for months or even years.
  • You can try applying a thick coat of Vick's VapoRub to the nail several times a day.
  • Approximately 5% of children get toenail fungus.
  • Avoid walking barefoot in public facilities, especially place with moist conditions, to help prevent contracting nail fungus.
  • Buy socks that are 100% cotton as they absorb moisture and ventilate to the feet.