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How to Help a Baby With Feet Swelling

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author image Jason Aberdeene
Jason Aberdeene has been a freelance writer since 2008. His articles have appeared in the "UCSD Guardian" and on various websites, specializing in teen health. An assistant at Kagan Physical Therapy since 2009, Aberdeene has a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the University of California, San Diego.
How to Help a Baby With Feet Swelling
Placing cold packs on your child's feet might reduce swelling. Photo Credit Dick Luria/Photodisc/Getty Images

If your baby is suffering from swollen feet, take him to a doctor to get a thorough checkup. While the swelling might be a symptom of a more serious disease, such as sickle cell anemia, it might be nothing more than a rash or the current texture and shape of your child's feet.

Cold Compress

If your child is suffering from swollen feet caused by either a rash or a bruise, placing a cold compress or pack of ice onto the affected area will help reduce swelling as well as decrease any pain your child is feeling. Before directly applying it to the skin of your child, wrap the ice or compress in a small towel to ensure it is not too cold for your child's soft and delicate skin.

Elevation

If your child is suffering from either a fracture, sprain or broken leg, keeping your child's leg elevated until you can get her to the doctor will help keep swelling down as well as reduce the chances of blood clots forming in her legs. Elevation keeps swelling down by keeping excess blood flow from gathering in the injured area of your child's foot. In addition to elevation, fixing a home-made split to your child's leg will restrict movement, which might help reduce swelling as well.

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Range of Motion

If your have a chubby or overweight baby, it is possible that his swollen feet are a symptom of his weight. If your child is chubby but not overweight, performing basic range of motion exercises with your child will help reduce swelling and improve flexibility in his feet. Start by simply rotating his feet in clockwise and counterclockwise motions to improve circulation and blood flow. If your child is obese, modifying his diet to help him reduce body fat will also reduce swelling.

Serious Ailments

If your child suffers from swollen feet combined with chronic pain and constant infections in different parts of her body, she might be suffering from a more serious ailment. To help her, take her to the doctor so you can get a proper diagnosis. If your child is suffering from sickle cell anemia, which can appear after 4 months of age, your doctor might administer antibiotics to help combat any infections caused by the disease.

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