my 4 year old girl has had atheletes foot every winter(b/c she wears socks then) since she was born

Elizabeth - posted on 10/21/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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happens every winter, red, peeling, raw between her toes. Is that even heard of? No one in her family has this. Weird!

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Mandy - posted on 10/24/2009

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My daughter has it too. She's 7. But its not athlete's foot. I would stay away from anti-fungal meds unless a dr. has seen her and diagnosed it as fungal. My daughter's was diagnosed as excema. We put baby powder in her shoes to keep her feet dry, no socks at night, after washing her feet with soap, we rub with corizone cream before bed. We also encourage her to take her shoes and socks off in the house whenever possible.

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My 16 year old has this problem. She puts neosporin on the cracked spots at night. This helps with the soreness of the problem. I have also tried the athlete's cream as well. As you read these other responses I can personally tell you that they work well to keep it at bay. Good luck with everything!

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Linda - posted on 10/28/2009

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I would check and see if she is allergic to the shoes or socks she is wearing.My son had the same problem but it also caused his feet to smell.He was allergic to man made material in his shoes.When we started to buy him all leather shoes it cleared up.

Dianne - posted on 10/25/2009

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Yes it is because her feet must be very very warm in her sock and boots and they sweat causing red raw skin between the toes. You should try babypowder with cornstach and rub it on her feet and between the toes it will keep her feet dry. At night it would help to put vitamin E caplets open up and use the liquid inside on her feet at night.

Lillie - posted on 10/25/2009

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i would suggest if you have checked to make sure it is not dieabtes i would use foot spa cooling foot spash this u spary on ur feet to cool them off and only put on white socks if it is not cold she can go without socks but sometimes not only are her him feet wet but they whole body overheats mine do and have scent i was about 4 years old and when i found out i needed insulin i always overheated o hopethis helps

Sharon - posted on 10/24/2009

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Along with everyone elses suggestions I'd like to add....



100% white cotton socks - bleached in the hottest water setting and worn only once between washing



multiple pairs of shoes - dusted in between each use w/baking soda or some sort of foot powder



I had really soft skin on my feet and tea tree oil made them tough? I didn't expect that. I was using it on an infection on my foot and thought it would be a good idea to use it on the soles of my feet instead of my regular lotion.

Carolyn - posted on 10/22/2009

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A foot soak of vinegar and water 1:1 ratio or bleach and water 1:10 ratio for a few days in a row till it is gone will help to kill the athletes foot better than any antifungal cream. Then the other suggestions are great ways to keep it from coming back.

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I have also sprayed peroxide on my feet and that helps. You can do it in the mornings and at night.

Gale - posted on 10/22/2009

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Dr oz says to saok the feet in water brewed with tea bags, the tea is suppose to keep the feet from sweating. Also I have heard that you can soak the feet in listerine and it helps to get rid of the fungus.....never had the problem but see alot about it on TV programs. Hope yu can get the issue under control..:)

Grace - posted on 10/21/2009

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hi.. keep her feet dry. after taking a bath dry her feet. if theres a medication given to her apply it. as much as possible don't let her wear socks(synthetic) if she had atheletes foot, coz it will increase the moisture, if possible let her wear sleepers (not made or rubber) put her shoes or sleepers in a place well ventilated.

Kappy - posted on 10/21/2009

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What about an anti-fungal creme on her feet each night and after bath or shower? This product works very well to clear up peeling from Athlete's foot.

Carly - posted on 10/21/2009

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My son is getting this too. He's 16 months now and it's been happening for quite a few months. We've just finished winter here (Aust). I dry really well between his toes and we've tried zinc powders and different moisturisers but nothing really clears it up. My husband and I both suffer with it to some degree so it's not really a surprise. It doesn't seem to bother him so I try not to worry about it too much. He takes his socks off at every opportunity so he's getting plenty of air on his toes.

Karen - posted on 10/21/2009

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yeah, I run into that alot at work because I work for stride rite and we get kids in all the time who have that problem. I would recommend always having a change of socks and changing them frequently to reduce the wetness on her feet. Also, wearing leather or really breathable shoes helps. Just water proof them for the winter months, they stay breathable but you won't ruin them with the wet winter weather. Also, take some old newspaper or paper towels and every night, stuff them into the shoes to help soak up any extra moisture through the night. hope this helps :)

Jennifer - posted on 10/21/2009

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You can try Tea tree oil( its a anti-fungal ) put it on her feet and then socks. I am not sure if your daughter has been on antibiotics but she may also need acidopholus (probiotics).

Karla - posted on 10/21/2009

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It is heard of. It is because her feet are sweating so much. I would keep cornstarch around and put that on her feet. the other thing is I would possibly buy very lightweight socks so her feet do not over heat. If you are not able to do that then I would have her change her socks more often or try at home going barefoot so that her feet can breath. The other thing is that you can put tissue or gauze between her toes to help soak upi the sweat.

Hope that this helps.

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