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Foot fungus is one of the most common fungal infections in the baby, with diaper rash, oral thrush and perionyxis (mycosis near the thumbnail). Although benign, it is still unpleasant for baby: find out how to prevent it and treat it.
Mycosis with the foot: what are the symptoms?
- Foot fungus, also known as "athlete's foot", is caused by the abnormal proliferation of microscopic fungi. The latter is favored by insufficient ventilation of the skin, heat and perspiration.
- In infants, the fungus foot preferably sits between the toes, especially in the space between the 4th and 5th toe, tighter than the others when baby is wearing shoes ...
- Usually, mycosis of the foot is manifested first by redness between the toes. Itching is also common. Afterwards, the skin cracks and begins to peel: you can then see small white skins between baby's toes.
How to treat mycosis of the baby's foot?
- Baby foot fungus really does not matter, but it's best to treat it quickly to prevent it from spreading to other toes or getting infected.
- Ask the advice of your pediatrician: Normally, he prescribes an antimycotic adapted to the baby's age, in the form of spray, powder or even cream (advice: if it is a cream, it will really take good penetrate the skin to prevent maceration).
- It will probably also recommend a neutral or alkaline pH soap (the fungi responsible for mycosis proliferate in an acidic environment). The baby's skin should be cleaned with, rinsed and dried thoroughly before application of the antifungal. It may also be necessary to treat baby shoes with a spray or antifungal powder ...
- On the other hand, it is advisable to leave the baby's foot in the open air as often as possible: the more his skin breathes, the faster the fungal disease will disappear. Finally, antibiotics may be prescribed in case of bacterial superinfection.
Can I prevent mycosis of the baby's foot?
- You can greatly reduce the risk of foot fungus with a few simple precautions. Remember to always carefully dry baby between the toes at the exit of his bath: nothing like moisture to promote the growth of fungi.
- In the same order idea, we must also make every effort to ensure that baby does not sweat too much: avoid putting shoes closed in summer for example and do not hesitate to wash and dry his feet if you see that he still sweated.
- Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice on preferred soaps (avoid acidic toiletries).
- Finally, if baby can already walk, do not leave him barefoot in the "risk areas" such as municipal pools, beaches, locker rooms ... In short, in all places where many people walk barefoot: it could to contract a fungal infection by simply walking over an infected area.