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The REAL danger of acrylic nails on children

In the lead up to the festive party season, experts at Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead are warning parents of the danger of acrylic nails on children.



Painted nails are much safer explain consultant plastic surgeons

This summer the hospital’s paediatric ward saw a significant increase in admissions of children aged 12 years and under from Sussex, Surrey and Kent who had sustained traumatic and painful nail bed injuries as a result of either catching their acrylic nails whilst playing or trapping their fingers in doors due the longer nails.

The children managed to pull, snap or trap their acrylic nail, ripping off their own nail underneath, requiring them to have surgery to repair the damaged nail bed.

With the lure of time off school for the Christmas holidays and upcoming parties, the hospital’s experts want parents to dissuade their children from having artificial nails. Unlike adults, children will be less conscious of minding their nails during play and what could happen if they catch them.

Nora Nugent, consultant plastic surgeon at Queen Victoria Hospital, said:

“Repairing a damaged nailbed when the nail has been traumatically removed requires a surgical procedure.

Once the nail bed has been repaired and any nail remnants removed, the patient has to have a dressing in place for two weeks to help maximise the chances of a new nail growing successfully, but there are no guarantees. We would advise children to use nail varnish in place of artificial nails – it is much safer, can be just as fun and colourful, and save them from potentially having an operation.”

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Help police identify this man after East Grinstead attack.

Police are trying to trace this man believed to be connected to an assault in East Grinstead.



Officers were called to Little King Street at 5.27pm on Saturday, November 10 near to the entrance with the cinema.

Two 21-year-old men were attacked by three other younger men who ran away.

Officers are keen to trace this man captured on CCTV thought to be connected to the attack.

Two men were injured, one with an cut to his head and the other suffered a broken arm. They were treated in hospital for their injuries.

One of the suspects is described as being of a large build and wearing a camouflage jacket. Another was wearing a black coat with a fur-lined hood. The third was dressed all in dark clothing.

All are believed to be between 16 and 20-years-old and one of them is described as having blonde hair.

Anyone with any information or saw what happened is asked to contact police on email quoting serial 1027 of 10/11.

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