As parents, we prefer keeping our children’s feet covered and protected with socks and shoes. And why not? Given the chances of bacterial infections and other dangers that come with walking barefoot are many. In colder weather, we also keep our children’s feet warm with socks. A research was done and has some other interesting facts.
- Improves Body Alignment
There is evidence that when a child is barefoot for longer, his/her body alignment improves. In addition to that, staying barefoot also strengthens feet.
- Better for Brain Development
There is evidence from this research that barefoot is better. It is important for the development of the nervous system and brain development of the children.
- Helps in Building the Nerves
Feet are the nerve-rich part of the body. The feet are the areas which contribute to the building of the nerves in the brain. Keeping babies barefoot helps in strengthening the nerves.
- Skin Stays Safe
Parents and caregivers believe that keeping children barefoot leads to skin problems and dangers of infectious diseases. The skin on the feet is designed in such a way that it keeps pathogens out and the skin is thick. This should not be a concern unless there is an injury in the foot.
- Toughens Up the Skin
The skin on the feet actually toughens up when kept barefoot. The bottom of the feet become stronger and thicker. Unless the child is walking on a dangerous surface, there is nothing to worry about.
So keep those cute little feet free of socks and shoes. Let them explore their world barefoot and watch them grow stronger.