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Clovis, NM
A 28-year-old female asked about a 4-year-old male:

cracked feet and open wounds on my 4 yr old son i put lotion on his feet daily and he wears socks and shoes throughout the day?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sean O'mara
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Cracked skin: While some nutritional deficiencies can present in this manner - I would recommend trying some organic unrefined count oil applied to his feet about three times a day rubbing it in until it is dissolved. If not better after a week follow up with his pediatrician.
Dr. Philip Gasseling
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Steroid lotion: usually in familiies with allergy, Use vasoline or aquaphor on feet, strong steroid ointment also. Oftentimes a gluten free diet makes a marked improvement, worth a 1 week trial!
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
M.D. visit: I would suggest cotton socks washed in clear perfume free detergent, white dove soap, eucerin/nivea lotion and starting 1% hydrocortisone three times daily. Since he has asthma, it may be an allergic reaction. From your description it sounds like contact dermatitis. If the wounds are infected, he will need antibiotics, prescribed by your physician.
Dr. James Aaron Henley
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Dermatitis: Could be mere dermatitis and might respond to emollient and topical steroid. Take him in to see his pediatrician, though, as severe fungal infection could also cause the symptoms.

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