Smelly feet in toddlers

Parents are often concerned about their baby or toddler's smelly feet, but fortunately the problem is easy to remedy by following a few simple guidelines.

Why do babies have smelly feet?

Children's feet, just like adult feet, sweat. Sweat alone doesn't smell. It's bacteria that is naturally present on human skin that creates the unpleasant odor. The bacteria thrive in the damp, warm environment provided by sweating feet in particular.

The front part of the foot produces the most sweat. The moisture collects in between the toes where it won't evaporate as easily as it can from other parts of the foot. Closed-toe shoes, infant onesies, can make the problem worse, trapping moisture and increasing the temperature of the feet which is the ideal environment for odor producing bacteria.

Shoes and socks that are made with synthetic materials like plastic and polyester don't breath so they'll also contribute to the odor problem for the same reason.

How to Cure Smelly Feet for Toddlers and Babies

Footwear and socks made from natural, breathable materials like leather and cotton are a must to discourage the growth of bacteria, ensuring that your child's feet will be healthy and free of skin disease. An open toe design also allows the skin to breath.

All shoes, open and closed toe, should have leather insoles with added antibacterial properties like the ones that are included in all Fish for Shoes designs.

Washing feet regularly is also important. A mild soap applied with gentle scrubbing is usually all that's needed to clean children's feet thoroughly. If the skin on your child's feet is dry and prone to cracking, non toxic lotion designed for children's feet can be used.

Airing out footwear for at least 24 hours after it's worn, and using odor eaters regularly in shoes, will help to keep shoes smelling fresh in between wears.

Buying at least 2 pairs of shoes for your young child is a good idea if you want to make sure that each pair gets a complete airing before it's worn again.