Health Tip: Check Your Baby's Feet
-- A baby's feet grow quickly. During the infant's first year, it's important to check the feet regularly to be sure they are developing normally.
The American Podiatric Medical Association offers these suggestions:
- Examine your baby's feet carefully. Report anything that looks unusual to your pediatrician.
- Allow the baby's feet to move. Let baby lie on his or her back without a blanket or cover, to allow the feet to kick.
- Don't wrap or cover your baby's feet tightly -- leave covers loose so that your baby can move the feet freely.
- Move your baby frequently, and don't let him or her stay in the same position for too long. Frequent position changes put less strain on the legs and feet.
Posted: March 2009