How to protect baby's feet

How to protect baby's feet

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Babies' feet awaken a lot of tenderness. It is in the earliest childhood when it is recommended to start taking care of them to avoid possible affections, deformations or alterations in the knees, hips and spine.

The moment in which the child is put on, the 'recycling' or not of the inherited shoes and the type of footwear chosen at each age are some of the factors that determine their health.

If going barefoot is one of life's greatest pleasures, why do we insist on putting babies in shoes? Currently there is a tendency to put them on early. In fact, commercial brands have designed footwear for the pre-walkers and those just beginning to crawl. Once again, there are different opinions about the ideal age at which it is necessary to shoe the little ones in the house.

According Isabel Gentil Garcia, a professor at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), the proprioceptive, neuromuscular and intellectual development of the child should not be impeded by enclosing their feet in footwear that they do not need. They need to be encouraged to enjoy their body and motor skills with bare feet.

That is to say that, except in cold environments and in order to shelter, it is recommended that the baby can feel his own body freely. Around 7-8 months, babies begin to manipulate their feet with their hands or mouth, which is an important stimulus for sensory development. The tactile sensitivity of the lower extremities transmits information to them from the outside world, through the sensations of temperature and textures that favor their psychomotor development.

Enhancing the freedom of movement of the feet and fingers stimulates their development because it allows the maturation of the nervous system, as well as favors neuromuscular control, intellectual development and social skills.

1. To inherit or not to inherit? In many homes, many children inherit clothing and footwear from siblings, cousins, or friends. Experts recommend not doing it with shoes. The feet are always anatomically different and each person, regardless of their age, has a different and particular way of walking. If a shoe is reused, the foot is forced to adapt to the shape of the previous owner and to a way of walking that is not his, which in turn can affect the correct development of the feet and, consequently, everything their body, since they are the support of the body.

2. When a child begins to walk, he needs that the footwear you use is solid and that it provides the security and balance that it needs at that moment so that it learns to walk freely.

3. Don't buy shoes in the morning, but at the end of the day which is when the feet are most swollen. When trying it on, you have to put the little one to carry his weight on both feet.

4. No need to buy never a shoe of a greater number with the idea that it will be worth it for longer.

5. Do not abuse sports shoes, but must be used only when the child is going to practice some sport. This type of shoe is made with synthetic materials to offer greater comfort, but also promote a warm and humid environment that can lead to infections.

6. Do not prioritize aesthetics over comfort. The shoes have to be functional and facilitate proper walking.

7. Narrow shoes should not be worn that involve a sacrifice of the health of the foot and should not touch the fingers.

Susana Torres. Contributor to our site

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