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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.
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Posted: March 2009