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Stinky feet? Is it just because he's a boy?

My son is 6 1/2. He has the world's stinkiest feet! He washes them everyday and changes his socks everyday. He never wears sneakers without socks. However, we still end up tossing his shoes about once every 6 weeks (sandles don't even last that long). Anybody else have this problem/what can I do? Oh yeah, and I asked the doc...he doesn't have any foot problems like athlete's foot or fungus or anything.

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Asked by sparrowprincess at 7:00 PM on Apr. 28, 2009 in Kids' Health

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  • Here's some tips on how to treat smelly feet:


    Answer by Anonymous at 7:13 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • Try those foot powders for your shoes. Maybe have him soak them in a solution every night? Use a foot scrub? Are his shoes made from man made materials? My mom noticed that when she changed my brother to shoes that breathe well and aren't of man made materials, his stinky feet went away.

    Answer by MommyDumDum at 7:15 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • I have always had stinky feet and now my boys do too. I put odor eaters in all of our shoes. It has really helped cut down on the smell. We also put a small amount of foot powder in our socks.

    Answer by Nathskitten at 7:27 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • Oh, and now I bought some Crocs for my two year old and they do not smell at all. They have to be the Crocs brand because they have an antibacterial no skunk component in the material. Other brands do not repel odor.

    Answer by Nathskitten at 7:29 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • LOL!! You just described my son! He has had nasty feet since birth. Doesn't matter how many times a day I wash them, if he wears socks or not. His doc told me to stuff newspaper in his shoes at night to absorb the odors. Have 2 pair of tennis shoes and alternate them to help with the stink. Put deodarant on the bottom of his feet. Sandals work good too. I let him go without shoes as much as possible. He is now almost 13 and his feet actually stink LESS! I am so happy about that. Also try Goldbonds Medicated Footpowder.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 8:48 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • I have a 4 year old girl who also has really stinky feet. I think it's because they are so active and they're feet just get really sweaty. We just wash em and air them out. :)

    Answer by drpepper73 at 8:50 AM on Apr. 29, 2009

  • The oder is actually bacteria that grow in dark, damp places. Sprinkle a bit of baking soda in your son's shoes every day.

    Answer by rkoloms at 11:16 AM on Apr. 29, 2009

  • I have a 14 month girl and she has stinky feet just like her father lol. Her feet have smelled probably since she was a couple months old and I've just learned to live with it. It's not horrible, but your not alone with stinky feet.

    Answer by Jenems at 7:13 PM on Apr. 29, 2009

  • LOL! Of all the unladylike traits Maya could have inherited from her mother, she got my stinky feet! I put baby powder in our shoes, this seems to help a bit. We also have a a 'feet tub' we soak in together sometimes. She gets to feel like a grown-up using Mommy's peppermint foot scrub, I get a little relaxation, and we don't faint when our shoes come off!

    Answer by 3_is_enough at 5:43 PM on May. 6, 2009

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