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Preventing Fungal Infections in Children’s Feet

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Child with fungal toenailsFeb. 28 is National Tooth Fairy Day at Pretend City Children’s Museum. And although she engages in some under-the-pillow dealings to boost her popularity, we do like what the Tooth Fairy does for encouraging healthy dental hygiene in children. Unfortunately, there’s no Foot Fairy to follow children around and ensure they don’t pick up any pesky fungal infections like athlete’s foot or fungal nails. You’re going to have to pull that duty [as well].

Young children’s feet tend to be somewhat resistant to fungal infections, but that doesn’t mean the risk isn’t there. Here are some things you can do to keep the odds against a fungal infection in your favor:

Dry Hard – Fungus needs moisture and warmth to survive. Teach your children how to dry their feet thoroughly after a bath or shower, and that includes between the toes!

No Sweat – Keep sweating feet to a minimum. Avoid tight-fitting shoes and try to find breathable materials such as leather. If your child’s feet do sweat a lot, change socks one or more times a day to keep all that moisture from being locked against their feet.

Protect in Public – Public pools, showers, and locker rooms are high-risk areas for anyone to pick up fungus, let alone kids. Buy some cool shower shoes and encourage your children to wear them in these places to avoid picking up anything nasty.

If your child does happen to pick up fungal nails or athlete’s foot, don’t feel like you’ve failed your Foot Fairy duties. The doctors at California Foot and Ankle Institute can provide the best treatments to hit back at the fungus and get those feet feeling right again. Call us toll-free at (888) 796-6631 to schedule an appointment at our Irvine or Victorville offices.

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