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toddlers nails turning white and falling off!!!! BugMouse1723 TTC since Sep 2012; 2 kids; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 1561 posts
18th Mar '11

So I was painting my DDs nails And noticed that her thumb nail is lifting and half coming off, some of her other nails have big white spots on them.... Have no clue what the hell it is. Googled it and some places said Hand foot to mouth does that right be for the kid gets it, also some said it could be something hereditary or vitamin deficiency. Any idea what in the word is going on have never seen this before.
You can see it kinda lifting couldnt get a good picture cause she was moving
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Colton's Mama 1 child; Wildwood, Florida 1529 posts
18th Mar '11

I get those white spots on my nails too. Is there any chance that she got that finger smashed?

Vindictive 50 kids; Switzerland 30563 posts
18th Mar '11

If they are on multiple nails, I would personally take her to her pedi.

BugMouse1723 TTC since Sep 2012; 2 kids; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 1561 posts
18th Mar '11
Quoting Hannah Pritchard:" I get those white spots on my nails too. Is there any chance that she got that finger smashed?"


not while she has been at home maybe daycare but they normally tell us if she did or not. Most her nails are turning white and trying to lift not only this one.

Schmayder ♥ 1 child; Iowa 11769 posts
18th Mar '11
Quoting Hannah Pritchard:" I get those white spots on my nails too. Is there any chance that she got that finger smashed?"


I was thinking the same thing but the peeling back/breaking part made it seem a little more than that. And the fact that its more than one finger/different hands.


I'd take her in or at least call her Pedi!

Klaus 2 kids; Mississippi 24252 posts
18th Mar '11

I know that white spots on nails can be calcium deposits. My son had hand and mouth but nothing happened to his nails. The only time I've ever seeens nails come off is after getting a finger smashed REALLY hard.

......... nowhere, NW, United States 25972 posts
18th Mar '11

I would guess that it could be a vitamin/nutrient deficiency (Iron, D or E ?)or something to do with the membrane that holds it together (again, could be due to lack of vitamins).
My kids have had mouth, hand, foot disease and they've never had that happen.

Katie's Bees Virginia 15428 posts
18th Mar '11

That happened to my kids after they had hand/foot/mouth. That's actually the only reason I knew. I noticed it on my daughter, and then checked the other kids, and my youngest still had the tiny red spots on his feet. The pedi can give you a cream to put on it, and antifungal something, or they'll grow out. Either way, you just have to wait for the nail to grow for it to go away.

user banned Florida 1 posts
18th Mar '11

thats definitely an iron deficiency i knew someone who had that...you really need to take her to the pediatrician....

Kimberly Tisdale Florida 1 posts
2nd Aug '11

I saw that the original post was not to long ago. Did you find an anwser? My daughter is 2 1/2 years old, and had a mild case of hand, foot, and mouth about 2 months ago. The nail peeling looks the same as the orginal picture posted. She has 3 fingers on one hand, one on the other, and her big toe on one foot. Everything I'm reading says it has something to do with the hand, foot, and mouth that it's an over load on their bodies. Just wondering if you found an answer. It's not painful at all, and doesn't bother her. I'm going to take her Friday to the Dr. just in case.

Wickedmaryjane 1 child; Maryland 2320 posts
25th Apr '12

This is driving me nuts right now. My son's fingernails look exactly lure the picture you posted. And my son did experience the hand, foot and mouth disease last fall. But it is only his fingernails that are doing it. So, far his pointy fingers fell off from the cuticle and now his thumb nails middle fingers and ring fingers are doing the same thing. Did they ever confirm what happened to your child's nails? My son's pedi isn't back in the office til May 3rd.



Thanks for any input. It seems that this may be a newer thing because my mom never heard of it yet.

jennylo Minnesota 1 posts
28th May '12

If your child had HFM (Hand foot and Mouth ) in the last 2-4 weeks this is another symptom (i.e. fingernails falling off- Onychomadesis) This was happening to my daughter and I was freeking until I found out. The fingernails will grow back without treatment.



This link explains and has good pictures: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2819858/
This is from the CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/about/complications.html



W.W. 3 kids; Arkansas 7890 posts
28th May '12
Quoting ~Ice Princess~:" I would guess that it could be a vitamin/nutrient deficiency (Iron, D or E ?)or something to do with ... [snip!] ... (again, could be due to lack of vitamins). My kids have had mouth, hand, foot disease and they've never had that happen."

My 3 yo had Hand Foot Mouth disease a few months back and this happened to her. She lost maybe 3 fingernails and two toenails. They turned white like that first, like air was under the nail and it would start at the base or middle of the nail and work upward until it either tore off or fell off. They all tore off though :( She hates bandaids and it was just inevitable.

'Sheri James 2 kids; Orillia, Ontario 105 posts
30th May '12

My son had something like this and two of his nails actually fell off. The doctor told me it was from him sucking on his fingers too much and gave me some antibiotics and cream which healed him right up!