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My 5 year old had a plantar wart under her big toe and I want to add in our success story as I had read through the posts on this page for advice on how to treat her and found many very helpful. I just didn't know how to apply the treatments to a small child! I hope my post will help others of young children with this annoying problem.

We went to the pediatrician and he advised for us to try duct tape first, before resorting to freezing etc. We applied duct tape over the wart and kept it covered for 6 days straight, only taking off the tape to put a new piece on when the tape began to fall off. On the seventh day, we washed her foot well and let it air out for a day. This was also the day we had swimming lessons each week, so we did cover it with a bandaid when we went to the pool. (wish everyone did this if they have a wart as it might have prevented her from picking it up in the first place!)

Unfortunately after three weeks of religious duct taping, we were no closer to the wart going away. The wart was larger, whiter, much softer, and more soft dead skin had built up, but it didn't seem to be going anywhere. The only good thing was the duct tape prevented the wart from being painful to walk on, and my daughter didn't complain that the wart was itchy when the duct tape was on - I don't know why her plantar wart was itchy without the duct tape on?

Anyhow, after this third week I decided it was time to try apple cider vinegar (which was also suggested by the pediatrician). The first evening I put some apple cider vinegar in a bowl and she soaked her foot in it for 20 minutes. This was not painful for her. Then I throughly dried her foot. I soaked the top of a Q-tip in apple cider vinegar, placed it directly on top of the wart, place a regular bandage on top and also used medical tape to hold the bandaid in place. She slept with this overnight and in the morning we removed the bandaid and q-tip and covered with duct tape for the day.

We repeated the same procedure the next night - soak foot for 20 minutes in acv, then q-tip soaked in acv on her foot overnight. The next morning the wart was looking brownish. Something was definitely happening. We placed duct tape again over her foot for the day. That evening, we skipped the 20 minute acv soak as her skin was looking a bit irritated. We just did the q-tip soaked in acv overnight. The next morning the wart looked even darker, and definitely more irritated, but the healthy skin around was also looking red and irritated, so we took a break from everything. No duct tape or acv for about 1 or 2 days.

Then we went at it one last round. In the evening applied the q-tip soaked in acv, she slept with it overnight, then in the morning applied duct tape which she wore for the day. I would say we did this for three days until we could see the wart had definitely turned black and began to shrink in size and pull away from the surrounding healthy skin. That last evening we were able to gently pull the dead skin (that was the remains of the wart) away from her foot. It left a small crater, and that evening we still did the q-tip soaked in acv overnight to make sure we got everything. The next morning I applied anti-bacterial cream and a bandaid to the area.

We are now two weeks out and her foot just looks like nice healthy pink skin, so hopefully the wart is gone for good. The skin in that area still looks a bit dry, but this treatment was literally pickling her foot!!! But moisturizers are helping with this. It the wart does return we will start with the acv treatments right away as that is what did the trick for us.

To note, we never did use an emery or pumice stone to get rid of the dead skin build up, she would not let me near her foot with anything like that. Also she never complained that the apple cider vinegar hurt her foot. It might have been on one or two of the nights that she said the q-tip was stinging a little bit, what she actually said was 'it felt like a bug was pinching her.' But this pain literally lasted for only a couple minutes. I actually took it as a good sign that maybe we were getting somewhere.

Hope this helps someone, and I know all warts seem to react differently, but this is what worked for us.

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Thank you! On day two, hoping it works for our over dramatic 8 yo.

Mama Cherry

On day one, for our 9 yr old girl. Hope it works! I remember getting a wart dug out of my foot as a kid - torture!!


Thank you for your story! My 8 year old daughter has one of the side of her heel. We have tried soaking, we have tried crushed aspirin, but it didn't work. And she wouldn't let me near it with a pumice stone so I was so glad to hear you were successful without that! I'm going to start acv treatment tomorrow (fingers crossed!). Thanks again!!


Thanks...I am going to try this with my five year old! His wart seems to be in an awkward place, behind his big toe. We tried duct tape, but it just doesn't seem like it is doing the trick. Looking forward to no more wart!


Question - when you soak your foot in the vinegar, is it a mix of water and vinegar? what proportions please, thanks

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