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Caring For Your Baby’s Feet

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Baby’s feet? But they are so cute! What possible additional care they might need?
Caring for baby feet
Was this your first thought? Most parents do not think twice about their baby’s feet other than exclaiming in wonder about their cuteness and zooming in on them while taking snaps. However, foot care of your baby is very important. Think about this: by the time your baby is 65, she would have walked 160,000 kilometers with her feet! So it is not something to be taken for granted.

How Should I Care For My Baby’s Feet?

Caring for baby’s feet is important because they need to be strong enough before baby starts to walk. The key idea is to keep them clean and infection free, while also letting them grow, develop and strengthen as naturally as possible. Here are some tips to care of your baby’s feet.

  • Wash your baby’s feet thoroughly every day and pat them dry
  • Sprinkle some talcum powder to ensure that the feet stay dry
  • Cut the toenails straight and not in a curved shape, to ensure that the toes do not grow inward
  • Make sure there is enough space for your baby to move her feet around in the crib or bed
  • Ensure you do not cover your child with lot of blankets in the night as this will also restrict the movement of her legs
  • Ensure the baby gets a lot of feet exercise! How? You can tickle her feet a little, which will make her flex and stretch the feet. Even kicking in the air is a great exercise for the entire leg, including feet
  • Pick socks over shoes. Socks help keep your baby’s feet warm while at the same time not restricting its movements and growth
  • Ensure you let your baby’s feet develop without any restrictions. One way to accomplish this is to ensure lot of play time

Baby feet

What Are Some Of The Problems To Watch Out For?

Your baby cannot yet tell you if there is a pain or soreness in her feet. So regularly watch out for the following:

  • Ingrown toenails: If you notice the skin around your baby’s toenails red and swollen, it might indicate ingrown toenails. It can be avoided by being careful when you cut her nails. But if your child already has it, talk to her doctor about it
  • Blisters: Blisters are usually caused by tight shoes. If you notice blisters, do not burst them as it can lead to infections. Avoid shoes and socks until the blisters dry off
  • Hand, mouth, foot disease: This is a viral disease characterized by small spots (which later turn to blisters) appearing around the baby’s hands, mouth and feet. It goes away by itself in a week
  • Verrucas: These are also rare in babies unless you take your child to swimming pool often. They are small warts with a black center that appear in the sole of baby’s feet. It is painful but will go away by itself in couple of years. It can also be removed by surgery
  • Talipes: Talipes or club foot is a condition where the baby’s feet are bent downward and inward. Babies with talipes require physiotherapy to correct the shape of the feet
  • In- or out-toeing: This happens when your baby becomes a toddler and start walking with his/her feet turn inward or outward. They will eventually grow out of it with practice

When Can I Buy My Baby’s First Shoes?

We advise you to park your shoe shopping plans for now. Although you might be tempted seeing those pretty and small shoes, encasing your baby’s feet in them might restrict the shape, size and growth of the feet. Technically, your baby does not require shoes until she starts walking outdoors. Even before that happens, she should get a lot of barefoot walking time inside the house. This will help strengthen her feet muscles. And finally, when it is time to buy the first shoes, make sure they comfortable and of the right fit.

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