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Why Are My Child’s Feet Peeling?Tuesday, 21 February 2023 00:00
If a child’s feet are peeling, it is usually from something benign, such as dry skin, athlete’s foot, or another type of skin condition. Skin typically regenerates itself and at the end of the cycle, dead skin sloughs off. This happens naturally when the feet are washed regularly and if this does not happen, the flaking and peeling will be noticeable. Peeling can also result from dehydration, dry air, or a related type of skin damage. For example, if the feet get sunburnt or blisters develop, the skin will eventually peel. Athlete’s foot and eczema can be other reasons for peeling skin, and they can cause inflammation, itching, and scaling. There are other serious reasons for peeling skin, so if your child’s feet are peeling and you are not aware of the cause, it is wise to seek counsel from a podiatrist who can evaluate the condition and provide appropriate treatment.
Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washington. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Keeping Children's Feet Healthy
Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...
Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.
Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.
Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.
As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’.
As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.
Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.
Be watchful for any pain or injury.
Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.
Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Kirkland, Everett, and Renton, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.