You understand how to care for your children's teeth, what they need to eat to grow properly and know exactly what to do when they catch a cold. Knowing how to care for their feet is also an important part of maintaining their overall health, especially considering how active children can be. Dr. Henry Slomowitz, your pediatric podiatrist in Paramus and Paterson, New Jersey, also serving the Hackensack area, has the information you need to keep your kids' feet healthy throughout their childhood.
It's important to keep a baby's feet uncovered and unrestricted by tight footwear in order to promote proper growth. The kicking motions that babies perform help prepare them for walking, so your Paramus, Paterson and Hackensack pediatric podiatrist suggests letting your baby move freely to keep them on track. There are even activity mats that help encourage a baby to work those muscles.
New walkers still need the freedom to move their developing foot muscles, so Dr. Slomowitz recommends letting your toddler go barefoot indoors. It's also imperative at this stage to choose quality footwear, so that when your little one is wearing shoes, they're supporting his or her feet in the right places. Your pediatric podiatrist in Paramus, Paterson and Hackensack, New Jersey, can give you an idea of the best brands available to you. At this age, it's also important to let your physician know if you notice your child consistently walking on the toes after the age of two. This habit warrants an evaluation to determine if there is an underlying cause.
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Practicing good foot hygiene is an important habit to teach your children from an early age. Trim the toenails straight across to avoid any ingrowth, and make sure to keep kids' feet clean and dry, especially if they participate in sports like swimming or gymnastics, where they are constantly barefoot. Covering injuries like blisters or cuts is also necessary to prevent bacterial infections.
If you have any further question regarding your children's foot health, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Henry Slomowitz, your Paramus, Paterson and Hackensack pediatric podiatrist, please give our office a call! Keeping your children comfortable while on-the-go is our priority!