Baby feet can be painful and frustrating for many parents.
It can be a cause for concern when they are left out of the baby’s diaper and they start walking or walking at the same time as the baby.
The problem is that it’s not just a baby’s feet that get left out.
In the US, around 40% of babies have their feet left out in a diaper, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
There are several reasons for the issue.
A lack of appropriate protection and support can lead to foot problems in older babies, as well as developmental problems and even a range of conditions including Down syndrome.
One of the reasons it’s a problem is the increased risk of a number of medical conditions, such as congenital heart defects.
If left out too long, a baby could have their foot toes punctured and the infection can develop into a serious condition.
The AAP has advised that parents who want to change a baby with foot issues should first talk to their healthcare provider.
Here are some tips to keep your feet and toes well-hydrated and protected during the change.
Keep baby feet and hands away from hot water bottles and other containers to prevent the infection from spreading.
Wash your hands often, including in hot water and before touching your feet or hands to clean them.
If your baby is still being washed and changed in hot or cold water, keep a towel nearby to use as a wipe.