All babies have a slight bow in their legs when they are born. This is due the position of the baby in the mother’s womb. Their leg starts getting back to normal by the time the baby is 3 months old. When the baby reaches his 7th or 8th month and starts attempts to walk, the bow leg starts disappearing altogether. By the child’s 3rd birthday, his legs look as normal as any other person.
Sometimes, bow legs are caused by a deficiency of Vitamin D (rickets) or a condition which is known as Blount’s disease. It is a bone disorder which affects the shins. This condition may also be genetic.
As mentioned above, every baby is born with a bow leg as they take that position in the uterus and the space issue makes them adjust their body and since their bones are soft, it takes that form. However, there are some signs which you need to look out for to determine if your baby has the condition.
Always look at your baby’s position when he is standing upright to determine if his legs are bowed.
Apart from the position in the womb, some causes of bow legs are:
Aside from these pointers, if you have the slightest doubt that your baby is bow legged then please do make it a point to consult your doctor. There is no harm in getting validation from a medical practitioner.
The doctor usually knows if a child has bow legs by just looking at his legs. Apart from this if he too has his doubts, he will conduct these tests on the child.
If your child is detected with bow legs, these are the following things which will be done for his treatment:
It is very important to consult a doctor if you spot any signs of bow legs in your child as untimely treatment or a lack of treatment may lead due to severe complications like deformities in the child’s legs. The child may also face major problems later in his life while performing advanced movements like running and the child may be at a higher risk of arthritis in his knees and hips during the later stages of his life.
If you have the slightest doubt that your child has bow legs, consult a doctor and get your doubt cleared.
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