Most children aged 18 months to 2 years have some bow-leggedness. It’s more common in babies of above-average weight. Bow legs are sometimes more noticeable when children start to walk. Bow legs can be the result of other problems like rickets – which is a vitamin D deficiency – but this is very rare.
Is it normal for babies legs to be bowed?
When babies are born with bow legs it’s because some of the bones had to rotate (twist) slightly when they were growing in the womb to fit into the small space. This is called physiologic bow legs. It’s considered a normal part of a child’s growth and development.
How long do babies legs stay bowed?
Most infants have bowed legs, which is a result of the curled-up position of the fetus in the womb during development. The condition usually resolves spontaneously after the child has been walking for 6 to 12 months and his legs begin to bear weight.
Why are my babies legs always bent?
Most babies are born with curved or bowed legs. This is usually a result of the way they were “packaged” in the uterus. (You can see this if you try to fold your baby back into the position that she was in while inside of you.)
When should I worry about baby bow legs?
Whether to worry depends on your child’s age and the severity of the bowing. Mild bowing in an infant or toddler under age 3 is typically normal and will get better over time. However, bowed legs that are severe, worsening or persisting beyond age 3 should be referred to a specialist.
How do I stop my baby from getting bow legs?
There’s no way to prevent your baby from getting bowed legs. But you may be able to prevent certain conditions that are known to cause bowed legs. To prevent rickets, make sure your child is getting enough vitamin D and calcium in their diet.
Can diapers cause bow legs?
In conclusion, the understanding that carrying a child on the side of the adult’s hip or wearing diapers will cause bowleg is a false belief. Scientifically speaking, a child must suffer from bowleg since birth and natural symptoms will disappear or lessen as the child grows up.
Is my 1 year old bow legged?
It’s absolutely normal for a baby’s legs to appear bowed, so that if he were to stand up with his toes forward and his ankles touching, his knees wouldn’t touch. Babies are born bowlegged because of their position in the womb.
Can babies get bowed legs from standing too early?
Myth: Letting your little one stand or bounce in your lap can cause bowlegs later on. The truth: He won’t become bowlegged; that’s just an old wives’ tale.
Are bow legs bad?
Over time, bowlegs can lead to joint problems in their knees. Blount’s disease is more common in females, African Americans, and children with obesity. Children who begin walking early are at a greater risk. A child should normally start walking on their own between 11 and 14 months of age.