Have your kids been complaining about itchy feet? Do you feel like his or her shoes and socks are always damp when you take them off? Your child may have one of the two most common fungal problems: athlete’s foot and/or fungal nails.
But… let’s start by explaining what fungus is.
A fungus is a common type of mold that thrives in dark, WARM, and MOIST areas that can appear on or between your kids’ toes and toenails.
Why is choosing the correct type of shoes so IMPORTANT when it comes to keeping your kids’ feet healthy?
Fungal problems in children are often a result of the socks and shoes that your kids wear. A fungal infection left untreated can develop into a much more serious problem such as a bacterial infection, which may require antibiotics to treat.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to choose the correct pair of shoes and socks for your child!
For example, if you provide your child with shoes made of synthetics materials like plastic, you allow fungus to breed by trapping heat and moisture around your kids feet!
In this post, I describe the best shoes and socks to stop itchy feet in kids and prevent fungal infections!
Why Do Kids Get Fungal Infections? – Learn The Facts!
First of all, if your child has a fungal infection, don’t panic!
Many kids get fungal infections because these infections easily contagious and children love to share everything when they hang out, even fungi!
In most cases, parents are to blame because they didn’t do enough research before purchasing their kids’ shoes and socks. They end up providing their kids with shoes that are not breathable or are made of poor quality materials.
This leads to several foot problems, and something as simple such as providing your child with the correct pair of shoes and socks can keep their feet and legs healthy. Let’s take a look at the most common fungal problems kids experience.
What Are The Most Common Fungal Problems In Kids?
The two most common fungal problems are:
- Athlete’s foot
- Fungal Nails
Athlete’s foot is a chronic infection caused by various types of fungus. It often spreads in places where your child may walk barefoot like public showers or swimming pools. This symptoms for this condition can range from itching to painful inflammation and even blisters! You will first notice the infection starting between your kid’s toes then spreading to the bottom and sides of the feet.
The second most common fungal problem are fungal nails which are normally caused by the spread of fungal infections such as athlete’s foot but can also be caused by injury to the nail. Providing your child with hand-me–down shoes puts them at risk of developing this condition, since shoes that have been previously worn are the perfect breeding ground for fungus.
Please remember that your child can easily get toenail fungus from wearing used shoes. If you MUST provide your kids with hand-me-down shoes, please SANITIZE the shoes before allowing your child to wear them.
I wrote a post where I describe the several problems that may arise by providing your child with hand-me-down shoes here:
Before taking your child to the podiatrist (keep in mind that fungal problems can be related to other medical problems), you must make sure that your child is wearing the correct type of shoes and socks. You will end up saving time and money by investing in a good pair of everyday shoes.
The podiatrist will want to know any problems your children may have had in the past, any medications they are taking, the type of sports and activities they engage in, and the TYPE of SHOES they usually wear.
How Can I Tell If My Child Has Developed Foot Conditions?
The first step is to check if your child has had any breaks in the skin. Be aware of odor,as it can be a sign of bacteria.
The second step is to be attentive to whether your child has been scratching their feet a lot.
The third step is to check for any cracked skin, especially between the toes.
How Are Fungal Problems Treated? – Follow These Steps!
Your kids’ daily habits play a huge role in helping to combat this condition. Here is a list of the most important steps you can take to prevent fungal problems:
- Make sure your child is wearing shoes made of quality materials that are breathable (leather or canvas). Make sure the socks are also breathable and if your child sweats excessively, alternate the shoes, so they have at least a day to dry out.
- Make sure your child is drying their feet thoroughly after they bathe or shower. They should be drying between their toes properly or using foot powders to help absorb moisture.
- Make sure the socks you provide for your child are not only breathable, but also changed often.
- Make sure your children are not walking barefoot around showers or swimming pools, and that they are always wearing sandals when they are in public areas.
STOP Your Kids Fungal Problems! – Learn The Secret
Depending on the type of infection your child has, medication may be required to treat their fungal infection. Successful treatment normally involves a combination of medication and self-care.
As long as your child’s condition is not serious, over-the-counter and prescription powders help treat the itching and in certain cases the inflammation as well. Keep in mind that you should be doing all of this in addition to providing the correct type of shoes and socks.
If your child has a foot condition, start by checking to see if they are wearing the correct footwear and follow these steps:
- Wash your kids’ footwear with detergent (the shoelaces and the inner sole must be washed separately). Keep in mind that most shoe companies make machine washable shoes now, and I wrote an article describing thee best machine washable shoes for kids here:
- Allow your kids sneakers to dry naturally.
The Best Sneakers For Kids – Prevent Fungal Problems!
It is important to choose the correct type of shoes for your child to prevent your child from developing a fungal condition. Even if your child has already developed a fungal condition a good, quality pair of sneakers will help take care of the condition faster.
Below you can find a selection of the best kids shoes that are breathable and machine washable!
These shoe styles fit “long”,which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
If you believe your child also needs breathable socks, take a look at an article I wrote where I describe the best socks for children with itchy feet:
If your child’s foot condition doesn’t improve, take your child to the podiatrist and stronger medication may be prescribed.
Please remember that providing your child with the correct pair of shoes and socks will minimize the risk of your child developing foot issues.
Has your child been struggling with itchy feet? Do you know if they have developed a foot condition such as athlete’s foot or fungal nails? Have you found a particular shoe style that has worked well? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them.