What do athlete’s foot, fungal toenails, and warts have in common? They are all transmitted by direct contact. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we see an increase in the number of children who come into our offices with these conditions during the summer months. Children’s habits and attention to hygiene (or rather lack thereof) make them more susceptible to these types of infections. Below are some ways you can help prevent your child from contracting a foot infection.
- Limit the amount of time that your child goes barefoot. Public places, especially those that are damp are prime breeding grounds for fungal infections. Be sure your child has a pair of flip-flops or shower shoes to wear at the town pool, lake or beach for restrooms and changing areas and at sleep-away camp for showers. It’s best to choose a pair that is easy to get on and off to increase the chances of your child using them.
- Teach your children not to share socks, shoes, towels, soap, or any other items that come in contact with another child’s feet.
- Clean your child’s feet every day with warm, soapy water and dry them completely, especially between the toes. This will also give you the chance to examine your child’s feet. At the first sign of any infection—dry, flaky skin, redness, pus or itching—contact one of our offices at Edison (732-204-6630), Monroe (732-204-6802) or Monmouth Junction (732-204-6945) for an appointment. Our podiatrists, Varun Gujral, and Dr. Nrupa Shah will examine your child’s feet and diagnose and treat any fungal, bacterial, or viral infections.
- If one of your children does get a contagious foot condition take precautions to prevent it from spreading to other members of the family. Be sure to disinfect the shower after the child with the infection uses it. Don’t have him or her sleep in the same bed with anyone else either.
If you have questions about the care of your child’s feet, don’t hesitate to contact us.