Posted by: Anonymous | 2009/06/04


We have adopted a 6jr old boy. He doens' t want to wear shoes not even in the winter. We live in Cape Town and it rain during the winter. What health effect eg. cold or flu can it have on him, by not wearing shoes? If any.

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Hi there

There is no link, as far as I am aware anyway, between not wearing shoes and any form of infection. As long as the rest of his body is warm he should be a no additional risk of picking up flu etc.

Being susceptible to bacterial and viral infections is a function of one's immune system and a healthy immune systems is dependant on many factors including nutrition, sufficient rest, feeling 'secure', feeling happy, feeling 'loved', low stress levels etc.

Hope this helps.


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