Caring for Your Children’s Feet in Winter
You care for your children’s eating habits, hair, and general health in winters – but don’t overlook the importance of caring for their feet.
Whether you reside in the north where temperatures reach sub-zero levels, or contend with the muddy and chilly conditions of the south, it’s vital to take care of your kids’ feet all season long so that they’re in a healthy state when spring season arrives.
A child’s feet reaches 90 percent of its growth length when he/she turns 12. That’s why foot care in early years is a critical part of healthy feet development. Neglecting foot care can result in issues pertaining to other areas of the body, such as back and legs.
Therefore, pay attention to your child’s foot care needs throughout winter. Below is some helpful advice you can follow.
Dress Their Feet
You’re unlikely to send your kids out in a thin jacket, so don’t make their feet suffer that fate. There are many kinds of socks for kids that trap warm air around their feet and give better insulation. Also, parents will come across seamless sensitivity socks that knit just as a cocoon, from the toe up, giving relief and comfort to kids who struggle with lumps and bumps in this winter essential. And because such options fit snugly, they’ll stick on the wiggly little toes.
Be Smart With Shoe Selection
Parents often make the mistake of buying bigger winter shoes for their children because they consider them a necessity. However, they can make your children’s feet damp and sweaty, which can result in bacterial infections. Never put their feet in shoes that are too small or too big, and ensure that all shoes have proper fitting, including trainers. Also, don’t hand shoes from one kid to another; a slight difference in size and shape can cause issues. Invest in properly fitted shoes to help your child prevent chafing, blisters, and foot injuries.
Trim Toenails Across Straight
Cutting your child’s toenails is an important part of winter foot care, but parents often procrastinate this task due to laziness. A delay could result in irritating ingrown toenails. Swelling, redness and pain are symptoms of ingrown toenails. Trim your kids’ toenails across straight to prevent the issue, and leave around free edge of 1mm approximately. The rate of growth varies in children so analyze their toenails weekly. If ingrown toenails occurred already, you can ease the pain by placing cotton between the ingrown toenail and the skin area. You also have the option to consult a podiatrist to fix the issue safely.
Clean Feet Every Day
Even though children don’t spend as much time outside in the winter as they do in the summer, make sure they’re cleaning their feet on a daily basis, especially the area in between the toes with warm water and an organic body wash. If their feet get dry during the season, invest in a moisturizer. Avoid applying the moisturizer in between toes and on skin lesions. If your child participates in sport activities and his/her feet get sweaty and itchy, put sea salt or apple cider vinegar in warm water and soak their feet. The remedy helps with several problems; athlete’s foot and fatigued feet for instance. Use when needed.
The outcome of following these tips will be active children with healthy feet.