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Why Socks Are Required in Play Areas

1. Prevent bacteria spread. 

The biggest reason we require socks is because they prevent bacteria spread. Since each of your feet has about 150,000 sweat glands, they’re basically bacteria sponges. Going to any public place barefoot is dangerous, since public places often have fungi spores and staph bacteria living on their floors.
When infants and toddlers play, they touch the surfaces on which they play with their hands, then put their hands in their mouths. This is an important reason why socks are required in a daycare to help minimize the spread of harmful bacteria and germs.
Socks create a barrier between bacteria and your foot, which is especially susceptible to bacteria absorption if it has cuts or blisters, which leads us to reason 2 to wear socks.

2. Prevent blisters, cuts, cracking and injury.

They provide some cushioning from against sharp objects. Socks also regulate your feet’s moisture and temperature, which helps keep your skin healthy.

3. Parasites

Hookworm, Ascaris, and whipworm are known as soil-transmitted helminths (parasitic worms). … They can then mature and hatch, releasing larvae (immature worms). The larvae mature into a form that can penetrate the skin of humans. Hookworm infection is mainly acquired by walking barefoot on contaminated soil. If your child runs barefoot outside, we do not want this to contaminate the daycare.

4. Little feet get cold. 

The daycare is kept at a comfortable temperature but regardless, little feet get cold easily.

5. Lego insurance. 

If you live in a house that contains Lego blocks, Barbie accessories, or other small toys, you have two options: live in perpetual fear of Lego-induced foot mutilation, or wear socks. Socks, like guardian angels, are at once protective and full of warm, fuzzy feelings.

Wearing socks isn’t just a fashion statement, it’s a life hack. So to those who would complain about this rule, we politely ask you to put a sock in it.

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