Clinical Reference Systems: Pediatric Advisor 10.0
Cracked skin most commonly occurs on the soles of the feet,
especially the heels and big toes. Cracked skin in these
areas is called juvenile plantar dermatosis. Deep cracks
are painful and periodically bleed. The main cause is
wearing wet shoes and socks or swimming a lot.
Cracks can also develop on the hands of children who
frequently wash dishes or suck their thumbs.
Even deep cracks that have lasted for many years can heal in
about 2 weeks if they are constantly covered with an
ointment (like petroleum jelly). If the crack seems mildly
infected, use an antibiotic ointment (a nonprescription
item). Apply the ointment 4 times a day. Covering the
ointment with a Band-Aid speeds recovery even more.