Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Jojo | 2008/08/11


Questions for Doc

Hi Doc,
I have two questions. I have a 9 month baby son. When is the right time to deworm him as he' s always outside, discovering the leaves, sand and grass etc.

Secondly, I noticed the other day he had a tiny splinter under his one nail in his right hand. I couldn' t get it out, due him not sitting still and it being under the nail. It' s not bothering him in the slightest, however I noticed last night that there is a tiny raising of the nail now. My husband says just leave it to grow out and the nail will push it out. Is this safe. I really don' t want him to lose his nail. As I' ve said, it' s not sore at all and hardly noticable, but a splinter is a splinter...


Expert's Reply



Your baby is rather young to be dewormed but the usual time is said to be when children start playing outside in sand especially when dogs and cats are around.So you can start now if you are concerned.
Any foreign object even something as small as a splinter can introduce infection. I am concerned about the fact that his nail is lifting off. Are you sure that there is no sign of redness or swelling which would indicate an infection is starting up? In any case it would be best if your baby was seen by your doctor just to sure that all is well.

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