Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Granny Jen | 2009/03/04


Baby born with six toes

My grandson was born on 27 Feb (now 5 days old) with two little toes on his left foot. It was said to my daughter that they can only remove the extra little toe when he is about 2-3 years old, because by then the bones will have fused. She was also told that it was genetic and somewhere in the family there is someone similar, even if it is generations back. Will he be able to wear shoes until this is done? Anything we can do in the meantime?

Expert's Reply



This is not at all uncommon and does run in families. The extra toe can be removed at about the age of 9 months. In many cases if there is no bone in the extra toe it may be removed even earlier. So your question about shoes does not apply as the extra toe will have been removed by the time your grandson will need shoes.

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Posted by: nicci | 2009/03/05


as the paediatrician said - it could be removed from 9 mnths

I saw the post and thought i could give you a answer too - although i werent born with two toes but i had two thumbs - the one on the outside were amputated when i were only 6mnths old - and today i cant bend the " leftover"  thumb as normal people can do cause it doesnt have a " lit" 

Hope you guys get another opinion maybe and come right

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