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FOLLOW-UP CARE AFTER TOENAIL OR FINGERNAIL REMOVAL

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This handout was written to help you care for your child’s toe or finger. Feel free to ask your child’s doctor or nurse to explain any information you do not understand.

HOW SHOULD I TAKE CARE OF MY CHILD’S TOE OR FINGER?
Day one (when your child gets home following toenail or fingernail removal):
For toenail removal:
Your child needs to keep foot elevated (raised) on two pillows while sitting or lying down. Have your child stay off his or her feet as much as possible.

Fingernail removal:
Your child needs to keep the hand elevated (raised) above the level of his or her heart.

Day two
1. Remove dressing from your child’s toe or finger and soak the toe or finger in warm soapy water for 20 minutes.
2. If dressing is hard to remove, soak the dressing first. Tylenol® may be given to your child 30 minutes before dressing removal to help with pain.
3. Dry your child’s foot or hand and apply a Band Aid® large enough to cover the toe or finger.
4. After toenail removal, your child must wear cotton socks at all times. Shoes must be worn anytime your child is not resting with his or her foot elevated (raised).
5. Do not leave wound uncovered.

Day three
1. Have your child soak his or her toe or finger for 20 minutes two times a day in warm soapy water.
2. Dry your child’s foot or hand and cover with a Band Aid®. Again, socks and shoes must be worn at all times if your child has had a toenail removal.
3. Follow-up with your child’s doctor 10-14 days after nail removal.

WHEN SHOULD I CALL MY CHILD’S DOCTOR?
Call your child’s doctor if there are any signs of infection, such as increased pain, redness, swelling, drainage, and/or if there is bleeding or fever.

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La informacion contenida en este material es unicamente informacion de tipo general. No debe considerarse como completa. Para obtener mas informacion acerca de los complementos para leche materna, por favor pidala a su doctor.
Preparado: 1995
Corregido: 1997, 1998
Revisado: 2003

The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.

Copyright(c) The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. This material is for educational purposes only. It cannot be reproduced or distributed without permission from Dayton Children's.
Formulated: 1995
Revised: 1997, 1998
Reviewed: 2003

 

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