|My baby has such fat
and puffy feet and almost no arch at all. Will this correct
It is not unusual for baby to have slightly strange looking
feet, and it most cases your child will grow up with perfectly
normal feet, complete with arches. However if you are really
worried, it may be worth the cost of a trip to a podiatrist
to reassure yourself that all is well. Then if there is
a problem, this can be addressed as early as possible and
you can get expert advice.
Meanwhile there are a few simple steps you can follow to
ensure that your baby’s feet have every chance of
growing up normal and strong. You have made the first correct
move by being aware of the appearance of your baby’s
feet, and monitoring any changes. It is really important
that baby have time every day to kick the legs so that they
can grow strong. Even if the weather necessitates the wearing
of restrictive clothing, make sure that you allow the baby
some time in a warm environment to exercise without those
restrictions. Before and after bath is an ideal time, but
make sure that baby is warm enough.
Sometimes babies grow so fast, or have a sudden growth
spurt so their clothing gets tight without you noticing.
This is especially true of babygros, which seem to fit baby
one day, and then are too short the next. Keep a close eye
on the fit of clothes. Babygros which are too short pull
the baby’s foot up in a very bad way. Likewise if
you put baby in socks and shoes, as well as booties, check
the fit carefully every time you put baby into them.
Some parents are in a rush to encourage baby to walk, and
try to make baby bear weight on the legs before baby’s
muscles are ready. This can have an adverse effect on both
the legs and feet. So don’t be in a rush , rather
take the cue from baby and only encourage the baby to take
weight on the legs when the baby shows enthusiasm. Having
said this, some babies love to push up on their legs from
an early age. In this case it can be beneficial to let baby
push up on various surfaces such as sand and grass. All
these types of activities are very beneficial for the development
of the baby.