Health Tips: Caring for your Baby’s Feet Health Tips: Caring for your Baby’s Feet
My former roommate was not a foot fetish but she was always particular about feet. You could be having a quarrel with her, all... Health Tips: Caring for your Baby’s Feet

caring for your babies footMy former roommate was not a foot fetish but she was always particular about feet. You could be having a quarrel with her, all she needed to do was look at your feet and find a fault and she takes you out. It usually was funny when it wasn’t my feet she was laughing at.

Feet, are at the rear of a standing or sitting individual. Relatively small but with mighty powers to do and undo and therefore should be properly catered to.  From birth till forever

Babies develop muscles by kicking and wriggling, so never discourage this. Feet need to be free and active, not restricted by overly tight bedding, bootees, leggings or any other foot covering.

When your baby begins to crawl, they can do so barefoot. This will help their feet and toes develop normally. There’s no need to put any kind of footwear on unless it’s cold weather, or your baby is going outside.

It’s important to regularly check that your baby’s socks and bootees fit well because babies grow very quickly. Something that fits loosely one week may be too tight the next, particularly if it shrinks in the wash. Be particularly careful of combination stretch suits with covered toes – even if the rest of the suit fits, the feet might be too tight (if necessary, cut them off the suit and hem the edges). Ankle ties of bootees should be loose enough to allow good blood circulation.

Wash your child’s feet every day with soap and water. Dry thoroughly, especially between the toes, so the skin there does not get soggy.

Most children begin walking between eight and 18 months of age. Some are physically and emotionally ready for that first step well before others, but don’t rush it – legs and feet develop best when babies learn to walk at their own pace. Walking aids are not necessary, and can actually make it harder for a baby to learn to walk.

Once your child starts walking outside the protected environment of the home, they will need shoes to protect their feet. Poor fitting shoes can lead to foot deformities, so it’s important that you get shoes that fit properly right from the very start.

Here are some pointers for making sure your child has the right shoes:

  • Shoes need to be the right length, breadth and depth. To make sure the dimension are right, it’s a good idea to have your child’s feet measured each time you are buying shoes.
  • Shoes should be lightweight, flexible, and fit securely onto feet. Choose a pair with a fastening that will hold the heel in position and stop the foot slipping forward – laces, or a strap with a buckle are best.
  • The inner edge of the shoe should be as straight as possible, and the toe of the shoe should be both wide and deep enough to comfortably fit all of your child’s toes. Avoid tapered shoes – a rounded toe-box will allow more room than a pointed one.
  • The heel cup of the shoe should be firm, so your child’s heel sits squarely inside the shoe. Heels should not be too high, as this can cause the foot to slide forward and cramp the toes. (especially for baby girls)
  • The shoe should have a sole that provides protection without being too thick, and is relatively smooth so the shoe doesn’t ‘grab’ the floor and cause tripping.

Avoid shoes made from synthetic materials, as children’s feet perspire and need to be able to breathe. Children don’t always complain when shoes start feeling tight, so it’s important you check regularly that your child’s shoes still fit properly. Make sure there is a 1cm space between their longest toe and the end of the shoe. If there’s not, it’s time to get a new pair of shoes.

All this might sound like too much work because of feet, but trust me when I say, you can save the world those horrific smells that start to ooze when they grow older, or even ugly looking toes.

Contributed By: Chisom Nwobodo

Valentine Chukwu

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