How to Get Rid of your Kid’s Stinky Feet

Feet smell, kids, feet usually smell more and boy kids feet even much more. Can you just imagine the stink after they come from soccer or baseball practice? It’s appalling. So what can you do to prevent your child from having stinky feet and if they already do (which is most likely), how do you cure it and make all the suffering your nose is going through stop. Well before we go into remedies, let’s talk about what cause feet to stink in the first place, why so stinky?


Just like adults, the feet of children and babies have over 250,000 sweat glands, meaning there’s a lot of liquid pouring out of those tootsies. But hormonal changes and very active little lifestyles can create two to three times more sweat than adult feet produce. While perspiration in and of itself doesn’t smell bad, it feeds the bacteria living on your child’s body and in his or her shoes — and that’s what causes the smelly foot odor (which is called bromodosis in the medical world).

Non-Breathable Shoes

Most children’s shoes are made from inexpensive materials like polyurethane and plastic. The problem with these cheap substances is that they are non-breathable, meaning all that sweat your youngster’s feet are producing has nowhere to go and not much of a chance to dry. Choosing shoes made out of cloth, canvas, leather and other breathable materials will allow your little one’s sweaty feet to dry much quicker than if he or she is wearing shoes made out of cheap materials. To avoid this cause of stinky feet, get quality shoes for your kids especially shoes that they would wear regularly like to school. Weathered Leather Booties are a great choice for a high-quality shoe that is breathable and doesn’t gather up a sweat  that leads to stinky feet.


Teeny-tiny infant socks may be the cutest things in the world, but they’re not always made from quality materials. Unless your little one’s socks are made from 100% natural, breathable materials, they’re probably inducing a lot of foot sweat and harboring tons of bacteria.


Try as you might to keep your children clean, they come into contact with all sorts of bacteria, fungus, and viruses at school and on the playground. These microbes feed on your child’s foot sweat and can even cause itchy, stinky infections like Athlete’s foot.

So now that we know what causes feet to stink, let’s talk about the ways you can take care of your kid’s feet, and your feet also to stop the stink and prevent it from happening again. Take notes.

Be clean.

This is pretty straightforward but ash your feet every day. Dipping your feet into a tub of water and scrubbing may be better than just letting the shower water splash on them. Be sure to dry your feet when you’re done. Try to wash your child’s feet on a daily basis with antibacterial soap and water. Doing so helps kill the bacteria that thrive on sweaty feet and dead skin cells.

Choosing Proper Shoes and Socks.

Try to purchase shoes and socks made out of natural, breathable material, and keep those shoes and socks clean and dry. Try moisture-wicking socks instead of cotton socks, which are slow-drying and can actually leave your little one’s feet wet and sweaty. Additionally, you can have your child go barefoot or wear sandals during warmer months to prevent moisture and help his or her tootsies breathe.

Wear the right socks.

We already mentioned that the wrong kind of socks causes stinky feet. Cotton, some wools, and special knits made for athletes will absorb sweat and allow your feet to breathe. Put on a fresh pair every day, and also if the socks get damp.

Make Sure Your Shoes Aren’t too Tight.

If they are, your feet might sweat more than normal. And lots of sweat equals stinky feet.

Switch Shoes.

Wearing the same shoes every day can make them smellier. Let them dry out for a couple of days before wearing them again. In order to make sure your little one’s shoes have a chance to fully dry, make sure he or she doesn’t wear the same pair two days in a row.

Wash Shoes or Insoles.

Some insoles or shoes, especially sneakers, may be washable — a great way to kill odors and get clean-smelling shoes again. Be sure to dry them completely before wearing them.

Avoid Shoes Made of Plastic.

Plastic and some human-made materials don’t let your feet breathe. The exception is maybe rain boots when it’s raining of course.

Go Barefoot.

Let your feet air out by letting them spend some time in the open air, especially at night. Do this for your child also. But don’t go barefoot too much especially in the outdoors because that can invite certain bacteria to live on your feet.

Don’t Share Shoes or Towels with Others

If you do, that may transfer stink-causing bacteria from other people’s feet to yours. Ewww!

Kill Those Germs.

Wash your feet with antibacterial soap. Setting shoes out in the sun also may help. Try an Antiperspirant or Foot Powder.Spray antiperspirants can help reduce foot sweat, as can talcum powder, baking soda or other foot powders. Spray your child’s soles with an antiperspirant in the morning and before bed, and try sprinkling powder onto the insoles of your child’s shoes to help soak up an additional sweat.

Avoid Lotion.

Many worried parents try applying lotion to their children’s smelly feet, but this can actually exacerbate a bromodosis problem by trapping the sweat on the skin and giving bacteria more to feed on. There are exceptions to this of course.