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Why Do Toddlers' Feet Peel? Exploring Possible Causes – First Walkers Answers

Why Do Toddlers' Feet Peel? Exploring Possible Causes

Discover why your toddler's feet may be peeling and find easy solutions to increase their comfort.

Ruchita Dhavade - Writer for First Walkers
By Ruchita Dhavade
Dorian Rhode
Edited by Dorian Rhode

Updated April 30, 2024.

A parent applying ointment to a toddler's foot for possible conditions like feet peeling, etc.

Is your toddler experiencing discomfort from peeling feet? This common issue often stems from the delicate nature of their skin, prone to dryness and other conditions. Typically, the skin around the toes and bottom of the feet are the first to peel, though it's usually not a serious concern.

Possible Causes for Feet Peeling

Peeling skin on a toddler's feet can be triggered by several conditions, such as:

  • Dry skin: Dryness can render skin uncomfortable, red, and itchy. Excessive or improper moisturising, such as in the case of prolonged baths, can exacerbate dryness. Eczema can also sometimes lead to dry skin. For toddlers, it's crucial to maintain optimal skin hydration.
  • Fungal infection: Also known as Athlete's foot, this condition is commonly triggered by damp socks or ill-fitting shoes that lack proper ventilation. If you suspect a fungal infection, it's best to consult a doctor promptly.
  • Skin damage: Skin peeling may occur due to sunburn, exposure to extremely dry air, or the continuous use of poorly fitting shoes. Apply aloe vera gel or a soothing cream to alleviate discomfort and promote healing. Also, avoid exposing the affected skin to direct sunlight and harsh weather conditions.

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Stepping into Comfort with First Walkers

Peeling skin on children's feet, while common, can be reduced by adopting simple measures. One such way is choosing well-fitted, well-ventilated shoes for your toddler. First Walkers' shoes for toddlers, crafted exclusively from breathable leather, are a standout choice. Their design and construction blend style with comfort, making them a favourite amongst discerning parents.


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