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Is it normal for babies to suck their feet?

Is it normal for babies to suck their feet?

Yes: By 6 months baby has gained enough crude control of arms and legs to explore them by mouthing. Fingers (by 4-5 mo) and toes&feet (by 6months) are readily available teething objects. Any mouthing at this age is considered a simple self soothing or self play. As the child ages, their interest in tasteing objects(to program their brain) can be troublesome. Bugs on the floor are fair game. ...Read more

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Why are my babies feet flat?

Why are my babies feet flat?

Most are....: The child will develop an arch as they age. Mast babies have flat feet. They start to develop some sort of an arch when the start heel-to-toe walking - somewhere around three years of age. ...Read more

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I've heard that you shouldn't tickle a babies feet. Is this true? If so why shouldn't you do it?

I've heard that you shouldn't tickle a babies feet. Is this true? If so why shouldn't you do it?

Not true: Don't know of a medical reason why baby's feet shouldn't be tickled. How the baby will react is a different story. If a baby doesn't like it, then probably shouldn't make the baby cranky/upset by tickling those little feet. ...Read more

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Why do babies sweat on there feet?

Why do babies sweat on there feet?

Everybody does: Everyone sweats on their feet. Sweat glands are in many parts of the body. Some people may sweat more than others, but everyone sweats! babies typically have chubby feet and may be overdressed for the temperature. Keep him cool and lightly dressed when appropriate. Dress him in the same amount of clothing in which you feel comfortable. Don't use shoes when the baby isn't walking yet. ...Read more

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Can babies get athletes foot? 0-12m

Can babies get athletes foot? 0-12m

Yes: Atheletes foot is a fungal infection of the skin mostly secondary to feet being humid for long periods of time. It is less common in infants because their feet are usually kept bare or with only socks, but possible. ...Read more

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Do shoes help babies' feet develop properly?

Do shoes help babies' feet develop properly?

No: Babies don't need shoes to develop or learn to walk at all. For safety and cold protection away from home, they are a good idea, but learning to walk "au naturale" is the best for natural foot and walk/run development. ...Read more

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Why didy babies feet turn blue for a short period then went away he was happy and looked pink every where else?

Why didy babies feet turn blue for a short period then went away he was happy and looked pink every where else?

Most likely nothing: To worry about. The circulation to the feet can constrict when cold, giving the blue appearance. ...Read more

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What does it mean if a babies hands/feet and lups are purple?

What does it mean if a babies hands/feet and lups are purple?

Normal in newborns: Newborns will have purle hands and feet and around the mouth can be a little purple. Truly purple lips and mouth need to be evaluated. Acrocyanosis is the technical name ofr the purple hands and feet and it improves with time. ...Read more

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I came on this site to find out at what age babies put feet in their mouths. The 'crafted' baby shoes from Etsy came and smell so toxic, not safe?

I came on this site to find out at what age babies put feet in their mouths.  The 'crafted' baby shoes from Etsy came and smell so toxic, not safe?

At 9-10 month age: Normally babies start putting feet in mouth by 9-10 months of age . Better not to use shoes at very early age , it may hurt the baby . ...Read more

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What is a common hand, foot and mouth disease in babies?

What is a common hand, foot and mouth disease in babies?

Fever/spots/pain: Hfm is a viral gut infection. Some kids can have it & run a brief temperature & never show other symptoms. Some have fever, localized spots on their wrists & nothing else. Some have terrible mouth sores, spots on wrists/forearms/legs feet & around the bottom & have cramping & loose stools. So fever, loose stools &cramps, amount & location of blisters seem to be the main variables. ...Read more

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Do all babies who are exposed to hand, foot and mouth syndrome always get sick?

Do all babies who are exposed to hand, foot and mouth syndrome always get sick?

No: As with any exposure to virtually any infection ever, the one exposed does not always get sick, including infants. Many factors come into play, including the degree of exposure and the competence of the immune system of the one exposed. With many infections, symptoms become apparent within 2-4 days of the exposure. If you are concerned about your baby's health, let your pediatrician know. ...Read more

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33 weeks pregnant. Feel like babies foot or leg was crushed by my ribs after sitting up too fast. Is this possible? It hurt my ribs.

33 weeks pregnant. Feel like babies foot or leg was crushed by my ribs after sitting up too fast. Is this possible? It hurt my ribs.

Doubtful: Remember that the baby is surrounded by fluid, the amniotic fluid, in a large amniotic sac. It is doubtful that sitting up too fast would cause any harm to the baby, but it is possible you 'pulled a muscle' between your ribs called the intercostal muscle. Move more slowly and deliberately and avoid rapid movements! ...Read more

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I work with babies and have noticed some red blisters on my knees, palm and start of fingers, elbows and on the top of my feet. should i go see thedoc?

I work with babies and have noticed some red blisters on my knees, palm and start of fingers, elbows and on the top of my feet. should i go see thedoc?

Good idea: Whether to prevent your spreading it to the babies or to discover if you caught it from work and need to advice the facility - yes. See a doc for exam and/or lab work. Also, if it is painful - relief will be nice. Best wishes for it being a minor easy to correct issue. ...Read more

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My infant has small blister like bumps on her feet. They are also white and it appears to be itching her..What can that be ?

My infant has small blister like bumps on her feet. They are also white  and it appears to be itching her..What can  that be ?

Viral?: Did your baby have a fever? Does your baby have blisters anywhere else? Like in her hands or in her mouth. Your description sounds like a cocxacki virus, which is benign and will resolve in 3-5 days. It is important to keep your baby comfortable and well hydrated. See your doctor if your baby is irritable or there is a high fever. ...Read more

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My infant, 19 months, has been limping almost to the point of not walking on her left foot. It's warm to the touch with slight swelling. Broken?

My infant, 19 months, has been limping almost to the point of not walking on her left foot. It's warm to the touch with slight swelling. Broken?

Hard to say: Possibilities range from a bug bite reaction to an infection in her foot/ankle .Without an exam, its just to hard to say.Pick up the phone and call her doc, you can discuss all the things you see and decide how soon and where to be seen. ...Read more

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Is it normal if an infant is running a high temp for their hands n feet to turn ice cold for the duration of the fever? And why

NO not normal: An infant running a "high temp" should be seen to determine the etiology. I would recommend calling your health care provider and reporting this. ...Read more

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