K.W. asks from Ferndale, MI on May 30, 2008
Toddler with Sweaty Feet That Are Cracking and Peeling
My almost 18 mo old daughter seems to have really sweaty feet. They get so bad that the peel and crack. They look so awful and I am sure it doesn't feel very good. When they get bad we put some neosporin on them to make sure they heal and don't get infected. My peds nurse recommended something called "stinky pinky's" it's an activiated charcoal thing you can put in the shoes to help them dry out overnight, but her feet come out of her shoes damp everyday. She has been home the last two months with her dad and we pretty much kept her barefoot and they got much better. But now she is back in daycare and needs to have shoes and socks on all the time. In three days they are already getting bad again. Any ideas?
T.M. answers from Detroit on June 02, 2008
Consider the type of shoe - I have found the same with my youngest daughter and I've come to the realization that the "fake" robeez are what's doing it. If you stick to the real thing, or open shoes, you may not have a problem.
S.S. answers from Saginaw on May 31, 2008
The stinky is unpleasant but cosmetic. The cracking and peeling has to be uncomfortable for the poor little thing. Bag Balm (some places sell it in the lotions and creams areas - more in the Pet Section (REALLY) it's in a square Green can and smells, well, like Cod Liver Oil - because that's one of the ingredients - it's greasy (the lanolin) but it works for sore, cracked or chapped feet (or hands, elbows,etc). Farmers use it ( or maybe used to, not sure if they still do) for cows' udders in cold weather becasue they would get sore and cracked, etc. I keep a can of it for all sorts of skin ailments - my grown kids tease me all the time about Bag Balm but they are right there to put bag balm on a sore hang nail, or blister or sunburn - A friend who is a Ob/GYN and a new Dad had just come from the pediatrician when I saw him and they were on their third tube of presciption ointment - I told him about using Bag Balm and he reluctantly tried it - he read the label and said "Do you know what this is really for?" - YUP and his little girl's rash on her face cleared right up. Non toxic - it's just not clean and neat! no perfumes, etc. But her comfort level should improve a lot! You will find a ton of uses for it.
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L.N. answers from Benton Harbor on May 30, 2008
**I stand corrected...I had no idea that cotton socks made the problem worse...I guess I applied the same idea that we women use about cotton panties...go figure!!** Thanks Nicole!
Perhaps try the other extreme and try to keep them dry instead of lubed up. You can put some corn starch sprinkled on the inside of her (cotton only) socks. Now that it's getting warmer, maybe you can get some shoes that are well ventilated. My grown brother has started spraying his feet with anti-persperant every morning and said it works! Not sure I would do that without asking the ped, but it's a simple solution!
K.K. answers from Saginaw on May 31, 2008
the response about BagBalm is absolutely correct. My son had a peely feet problem a few times when he was little. At night after bath...i would coat the bottom of his feet with bag balm and have him sleep in socks. 2 nights max, his feet were perfect.
as far as the sweatiness...check with the pediatrition...spray anti perspirant in the morning on the bottom of her feet might work...but you'd need to clear it with your doctor first, and make sure you use something very gentle...
N.B. answers from Detroit on May 31, 2008
You may want to go to stride rite and invest in a pair of all leather $50.00 shoes. I know...who would have ever thought that you would spend more on your child shoes than your own, but they work. The leather absorbs the moisture, and always wear socks too. Go talk to them they may have answers for you.
C.G. answers from Kalamazoo on May 31, 2008
Aw, poor thing, my feet get sweaty, I can imagine what sh's going through. I have read that it helps to wear only cotton socks, not those nylon ones, and also leather shoes, not the vinyl ones, and also put powder on her feet before you put on her socks. Just to play it safe though, I would take her to the Dr. Good luck, these tips have helped me.
T.Z. answers from Detroit on May 31, 2008
Check with her pediatrician and ask about contact dermatitis. When I was a child I would get the same type of reaction, then my feet would get so dry and cracked that they would bleed. My problem was actually caused by the tanin they use in leather. Maybe she can wear sandals now that it is warmer outside?
J.W. answers from Detroit on May 31, 2008
you may know this already, but, stay away from synthetic materials.....polyester, vinyl etc. Stay with cotton to absorb. Also for the shoes, leather and cotton ventilate best. Stay away from vinyl shoes. Maybe she could do crocs with cotton socks?? Crocs have many vent holes.
P.L. answers from Detroit on May 31, 2008
My son has the same problem he can only ware white socks his feet do not crack and peel now but boy do his shoes get smelly. When he was younger I washed his shoes once a week and had him ware sandles alot in the summer. hope it helps he is 8 now.