Although most cases of nail fungus are found on adults, there are indeed quite a few instances where young infants contract a nail fungus infections. Infants learn through touch and of course any direct contact with an active nail fungus infection is a very common way for the infection to spread from person to person. If you have an active nail fungus infection and are a mother or father or someone who comes into contact regularly with infants, it would be wise to wear gloves or at the very least try to avoid making too much contact near the infants hands and feet. Since infants do not have a fully developed immune system, they are not as able to fight of the infection once exposed as adults are. So then, what should you do if an infant does get a nail fungus infection?
One condition to be aware of is that infants often suck on their toes and fingers which creates a warm, damp environment. These conditions are perfect for the fungi that cause nail fungus and will encourage the development of an infection if these fungi are anywhere nearby. Trying to keep an infants hands and feet as dry as possible can go along way to discouraging a nail fungus infection. Keep in mind however, that infants are not at high risk to develop nail fungus infections unless they come into contact with an active nail fungus infection.
Another way to help your infant avoid catching nail fungus is to be sure that the shower or bathtub that you use for washing your infant is always kept clean. Dermatophytes, which are the agents that cause nail fungus, thrive on shower floors and bathtubs due to the warm, moist environment. Shower or bathtub floors that are not kept clean can be a serious breeding ground for these agents and since you infant will be in this location often, the risk of contracting the infection can be quite high. Be sure to bleach your shower or tub floors every so often in order to make that environment inhospitable for fungus to live.
If your infant does catch a nail fungus infection, we suggest the use of a quality topical solution as opposed to any oral or prescription medication. A quality topical solution is usually quite strong enough to kill any mild infection and there are generally no side effects that could be dangerous to your infants. A one-month treatment period should enough to kill the infection provided you spot it early and begin regular treatment right away.