Take care of baby’s sore feet


Baby has grown up, it’s hot… So, shoes or no shoes? Difficult to decide so much the opinions differ. For some specialists, it is barefoot as soon as the child stands up and stays there for a certain time; for others, it is necessary to wait until it has been walking for three months. One thing is certain: better to be barefoot than… poorly shod!

Conclusion, since it’s summer, So let Baby frolic with his feet in the air to strengthen and muscle the arch of the foot. His foot will thus learn to grip and contract. At home, he will refine his sensations by going from the soft carpet to the cool tiled kitchen. Then it will be the grass in the garden or the sand on the beach. Either way, your role is just to make sure nothing can hurt him. Too late, there he is sitting on the ground, who is holding his foot while weeping? Follow the guide to relieve his minor ailments.

Baby has a light bulb: the right actions

Blisters are often caused by a localized and repeated friction, a new shoe, for example, badly adapted or badly adjusted. The skin thickens on the toes or under the foot, and forms a fluid-filled bubble appearing at the point of friction.

Once the bulb is made, it must be pierced with two small holes with an alcohol disinfected needle to release the liquid, while leaving the skin covering it. It partially serves as protection, even if a real bandage (or double skin) is necessary. Any punctured blister must be protected and treated to avoid superinfection.

Is the bulb exposed? Apply eosin and cover with a protective film. If necessary, if it is really important, insulate the toes with cotton or gauze to avoid any chafing. Finally, when Baby has new sandals, do not forget, at least the first few days, cotton socks, the time to “make” them!

Also read our file “Baby’s first sneakers“, To choose the right model and avoid unpleasant surprises…

Baby has a foot injury, what to do?

We speak of a “simple” wound when the cut or scratch is small, without stain or foreign body. Not to be neglected, at the risk of causing infections, such as tetanus.

Some essential rules:

– before giving any treatment, wash your hands for a long time with soap and water;

– gently cleanse the wound with soft water and soap;

– apply an uncolored skin antiseptic solution purchased at a pharmacy, taking care not to touch the wound;

– place a sterile bandage or compress (no cotton, which frayed in the wound).

On the beach, Baby’s foot has inadvertently encountered a sharp shell, a teddy bear, or even a piece of glass? Essential : remove fragments of thorns or small pieces of seashell to avoid superinfection and act as for a simple wound. If in doubt, consult!

Remember: always check that the anti-tetanus vaccination of your child is up to date. The time of healing, put his feet dry.

Little doctor’s tip: for assess the severity of a cut, a pro compares the size with the width of Baby’s palm. It’s okay below. Above, we consult. But in all cases and in the slightest doubt, seek advice from a specialist, starting with the nearest pharmacist.

Baby has a burn on the foot: we act

A sand that has heated too much in the sun, an embers that escapes from the campfire… and it is the sole of the foot that is burnt!

For a simple burn (when its surface area does not exceed half that of your child’s palm), cool it down by spraying it with cold water and gentle for at least five minutes, and protect it from a Pad. 

Do not spread any greasy product on it et never pierce the blisters.

Consult as soon as possible in the event of a deeper burn.

Baby got sunburnt on his feet

We don’t always think about protecting the tops of toddlers’ feet. Fault ! The skin is very thin and the sunburn there is really painful, especially when you have to put your shoes back on.

Good reflexes in case of sunburn on the feet:

– Apply a soothing “after sun” cream or a specific emulsion for burns sold in pharmacies;

– Never pierce the blisters;

– Cover with a sterile dressing;

– Make your pitchoun drink water and possibly give him an analgesic (paracetamol).

Stop baby foot fungus

Frequent but benign, mycoses are due to microscopic fungi, sometimes associated with one or more. They most often sit between the toes, which are poorly ventilated, where perspiration promotes the multiplication of these fungi.

Good reflexes in case of yeast infection:

– It is possible to use creams, powders and lotions;

– Let the skin breathe;

– Wash the feet without too much soap (sometimes aggressive);

– Rinse thoroughly and dry well between the toes.

Baby has an ingrown nail, we consult!

The person in charge of ingrown toenails, it is often the shoe whose too tight toe compresses the big toe! Gradually, the nail sinks into the soft parts. And it won’t take long for Baby to alert you if he complains of pain. Otherwise, you will quickly spot his red toe, which is starting to swell. Main danger: infection.

Good reflexes if Baby has an ingrown toenail:

– Quickly consult a podiatrist who will insert a neutral body between the nail and the toe to break contact;

– Avoid cutting the nail yourself (the ingrown part will continue to sink in anyway);

– Abandon too hot baths and sports shoes that make you sweat;

– Get into the habit of regularly cutting your toenails square, avoiding clearing the corners so as not to risk causing an incarnation (always use scissors with round ends!).

Baby has a plantar wart: go to the skin

Benign, the plantar wart sits under the soles of the feet. Viral in origin, these warts can last for years or… disappear overnight! Only problem: they are contagious and are most often caught at the pool, in changing rooms and showers.

Treatment, which depends on where the wart is located and how much discomfort it is, consists of burn it in different ways: cold, local treatment, laser. Only a specialist will advise you on the method to adopt.

A ruler : do not try to eliminate it by grating the horn which protects it, at the risk of infecting healthy skin. And, if in doubt, call a pharmacist or a doctor who will give you the usual advice!

Harmless, all these well-treated small wounds disappear in no time. The essential : good hygiene and daily and rigorous drying.

Questionshoes for summer, prefer those in natural espadrille style, leather sandals or even neoprene slippers (special diving material), which let the foot breathe and do not risk damaging it. As for the famous plastic jellyfish, OK, but only for the beach. No question of keeping them on their feet all day!

Bobos on the feet, when should you consult?

Any wound, even small and benign, deserves your greatest attention: not or poorly treated, it risks causing superinfection … much more difficult to treat.

If, however, you have neglected the first aid after a wound on his little toeskin, here is the signs that should put you on the alert for a medical consultation:

– pain at the level of the wound or at a distance;

– swelling and redness around the wound;

– hot and / or purulent wound;

– associated signs of infection: small lymph nodes near the wound, in the groin, fever;

– persistent strong odors.

Do you want to talk about it between parents? To give your opinion, to bring your testimony? We meet on https://forum.parents.fr. 

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