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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