Childhood Diseases

Posted by: E. | 2011/08/29


Peeling feet

Hi dr
My 22 month old daughter is suffering from peeling feet, mainly the toes. About 3 weeks ago she wore shoes that were a little too tight &  these caused a few blisters on her feet. This has now healed. The peeling feet she has now definately looks different from when she wore the tight shoes. Just looks like thick-ish skin coming off.
I''m almost getting the impression that her feet are now ''tired'' of wearing shoes/socks the whole time. I let her walk barefoot as much as I can &  I also put vaseline/aqueuos cream on. One more thing, she has a crack in the fold behind each of her big toes. I''ve treated it with Germolene &  it looks better, but not healed completely.
What can be the cause of this &  how can I treat it correctly?
Thanks so much!

Expert's Reply



The most common cause of peeling feet is 'athletes feet' which is a fungal infection. This is not usually seen in young children and is unlikely to be the cause of your little daughter's peeling feet and the cracking of the skin of her big toes. This is more likely to be due to a contact allergy rash as a reult of contact with leather or plastic in her shoes or other footwear. It would be best to see a dermatologist so this can be correctly diagnosed and treated.

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