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What causes weak and fagile nails in a child?

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Posted on Thu, 17 Jul 2014
Question: Hi, i have a son 4years old. He born with no nails. Now, he has week nails. What is the problem doctor? How can you help me
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Answered by Dr. Bharatesh Devendra Basti (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Many simple remedies for improvement in fragility.

Detailed Answer:
Dear XXXX
Thank you for query. I am Dr Bharatesh D Basti answering your query.
It appears by history that child is not having nails at birth and fragile nails now.
These may be congenital or may be familial disease.Please look for any other anomalies or disease like anemia, hypothyroidism.Please investigate to rule out any of these diseases.
Some of following remedies may be of help
Daily moisturising nails at night.
Gloves usage regularly.
Supplements or diet rich in following
Protein,
Minerals like Calcium, Iron, Selenium, Zinc.
Vitamins like biotin, A .

Hope these remedies will be of help.
Dr Bharatesh

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
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Follow up: Dr. Bharatesh Devendra Basti (14 hours later)
Dear Dr Bharatesh,
Do you have in your experience person without nails or week nails? I am worry for the future, is it dangerous for my son?
Note: I attached some photos in my first e-mail. I don't know is quality of photos is viewable. if not I can send some of them to your e-mail.

Thanks,
XXXX
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Answered by Dr. Bharatesh Devendra Basti (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Active watch on any new symptoms and have patience

Detailed Answer:
Hi Telman,

We have not followed up such cases. Usually once we given an opinion, they follow up with their pediatrician. If there are no other complaints, then most kids do well. So do not panic.

You always need to keep a watch on other symptoms related to eye, bones, dentition, kidney.
Have regular check ups for the child to see for early complications in these at least and take prompt treatment. Nails may subsequently improve over time in few instances. In some cases these systems may get involved too. So a regular follow-up is a must.

Photos are clear.

Thank you
Dr Bharatesh
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Brief Answer: Many simple remedies for improvement in fragility. Detailed Answer: Dear XXXX Thank you for query. I am Dr Bharatesh D Basti answering your query. It appears by history that child is not having nails at birth and fragile nails now. These may be congenital or may be familial disease.Please look for any other anomalies or disease like anemia, hypothyroidism.Please investigate to rule out any of these diseases. Some of following remedies may be of help Daily moisturising nails at night. Gloves usage regularly. Supplements or diet rich in following Protein, Minerals like Calcium, Iron, Selenium, Zinc. Vitamins like biotin, A . Hope these remedies will be of help. Dr Bharatesh