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Buying shoes for children: Parents should have their children's feet measured, as this can lead to health problems.

(07/18/2010) Are you planning to buy shoes for your children? TÜV Rheinland currently points out that parents should have their children's feet measured. It is important to ensure that the TÜV seal "tested fit" is on the shoe boxes. Otherwise, incorrect calculations can occur, which in turn can have a detrimental effect on the health of the children's feet if the shoes are bought incorrectly.

When dimensioning, make sure that the result is compared to the inside length of the shoe. If the inside length of the children's shoe is 12 to 17 millimeters longer, the child's foot can roll well in the shoe. Because the specified sizes of the shoes are often too imprecise and often do not comply with the norm, according to the TÜV. It is important that the parents make sure that the TÜV seal "tested fit" is on the information about the shoe size. Children grow quickly and so do their feet. A child's feet grow an average of 1.5 millimeters per month. For this reason, parents should have the child's feet measured regularly. In most shoe stores, this service is provided by the employees.

Numerous studies have repeatedly shown that most children's shoe sizes are often up to three sizes too small. If the children wear the wrong shoe size for a longer period of time, this can lead to significant misalignments of the foot. The children then often complain of joint pain, muscle shortening and poor circulation. But not only the foot is damaged, but also the back, for example. More and more children are complaining of low back pain or back pain.

It is also important to note that the small white bags, which are included in the shoe boxes as mold protection, contain the TÜV symbol "tested for harmful substances". Because many shoe manufacturers often use chemical substances that contain the substance dimethyl fumarate. This substance can in turn cause "skin-like irritation".

Another tip from naturopathy: children's feet need a lot of space to develop and grow. Whenever possible, it is advisable not to put shoes on the children at all. (sb)

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