Dry skin on children's feet is a normal, common and natural occurrence. Dry feet can be a result of a child being on their feet a lot during the day or engaging in physical activities. However, if left untreated, the dryness can become more severe, cause discomfort and even pain. That's why it's essential to keep an eye on your child’s feet to ensure they receive the correct care to prevent problems building up. In this article, we'll provide you with practical tips to help avoid dry skin and keep your child's feet healthy and happy.
Dry skin on children's feet can occur for a variety of reasons, from being on their feet for extended periods at nursery, pre-school and school to engaging in vigorous activities. It can also be caused by other uncontrollable factors, such as genetics or the environmental conditions, including cold and dry weather. Moisture build-up, which can happen if they don’t dry their feet properly after bathing or swimming, can exacerbate the problem. To avoid dry skin, there are a few things you can do:
Whether your child has just taken a bath, gone swimming or played in the rain, it's essential to dry their feet thoroughly. Moisture trapped between the toes can create the perfect environment for dry skin and even fungal growth. Using a soft towel, gently dry their feet, paying extra attention to the spaces between their toes. For extra care, use a pumice stone or a foot care tool to very gently remove any dry patches of skin – be careful not to be rough on soft skin.
To prevent dryness and keep your child's feet healthy, it can be a good idea to apply a moisturiser daily. There are different types of lotions and moisturisers available specifically formulated for children's delicate skin. We recommend choosing fragrance-free and hypoallergenic lotions. You can also consider using the "lotion and socks method" by applying a thick layer of moisturiser on your child's feet and putting breathable cotton socks on them overnight. This method will enable the moisturiser to penetrate and nourish the skin without getting the lotion all over the bedsheets.
The material of your child's shoes and slippers play a crucial role in maintaining foot health. Opt for breathable materials like soft leather, suede and canvas to ensure proper airflow and reduce moisture buildup.
At Start-Rite Shoes, we have a selection of breathable footwear for children that prioritises healthy foot conditions and comfort, preventing excess sweating. Our school shoe collection is meticulously designed to provide an optimal foot environment with support, soft leather, breathability and waterproof features for all-day protection. Additionally, our buttery soft suede slippers offer added care and comfort for your child's feet at home. Explore our super durable and soft suede slipper collection for extra comfort and protection indoors.
Choose socks made from natural materials such as cotton or bamboo, which can absorb moisture and keep your child's feet dry throughout the day. Avoid synthetic materials that trap sweat and contribute to moisture build-up. Not only do socks help maintain foot hygiene, but they also prevent excessive sweating, which could otherwise lead to dry skin and unpleasant odours.
Hot water can strip the skin of its natural oils, leading to dryness. When bathing, your child should use warm water instead of hot water. Be mindful of the water temperature and limit shower duration to avoid excessive drying of the skin. Also, don't forget to teach them to clean between their toes and apply moisturiser after the bath or shower.
Protect your child's feet from the sun's harmful UV rays by applying sunscreen, especially during summer when your child may be wearing sandals or spending a lot of time barefoot. People often overlook feet when it comes to sun protection routines, but they're equally vulnerable to sunburn and long-term damage. Choose sunscreen with a high SPF and encourage your child to reapply throughout the day.
At Start-Rite Shoes, we believe in providing the best care for kids' feet. Our shoes are built with superior quality and specifically designed for children's needs today. From school shoes to first steps, every pair is carefully crafted for maximum comfort and support, ensuring healthy feet right from the get-go.
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