Bow Legs In Babies – Everything You Need To Know

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As a parent, you love witnessing all of your baby’s milestones. Isn’t what your child do is the cutest of all other things in this world? One such milestone that you look forward to with much anticipation and excitement is your baby’s first steps and eventual walking.

But what if, as your baby takes those first steps, you notice your baby with bowed legs? Mommies, breathe easy! Just so you know, it is absolutely normal for your baby to have bowed legs.

What Is The Bowed Leg Condition?

When a baby is diagnosed with bowed legs, his knees stay wide apart when standing on the ankles and feet.

  • This results from the curled up position inside your womb.
  • This condition generally resolves when your baby is around 6 months to a year old.
  • The legs start developing after bearing weight.

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Role Of Your Physician:

The technical term used for bowing is genu varum, where genu means knee and varum means angles-in. Your physician can help you in the following way:

  • He shall determine if the bowed legs in your baby is a part of his developing process or because of any disease.
  • In case of physiological bowing, it generally improves as your baby grows.
  • In case of pathological bowing or bowing due to disease the conditions worsen with time.
  • Under normal circumstances the bowed legs correct by the time your baby reaches 5 or 6 years.

What Causes A Baby To Be Bow Legged?

Bowed legs are a result of different alignment of your baby’s bones in course of growth. Here are some of the causes behind bowed legs baby:

  • In very rare cases, bow legs result from vitamin D deficiency or rickets. However, there is no need to worry about this, as less than 1% of the children tend to have bow legs because of this.
  • Blount’s Disease can also result in bow legs. This is an abnormal growth of the shin or tibia bone.
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons states that it sometimes becomes very difficult to distinguish the Blount’s Disease from bowed legs that are normal. It is only when your child reaches the third year that you can ascertain the abnormalities with an x-ray.

Baby bow legs are very normal. It in fact become more noticeable, when your baby starts walking.

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When Should You Consider Visiting A Doctor?

In the following cases, you must bring it to the notice of your doctor:

  • If your baby is more than 2 years old and still has severely bowed legs.
  • It is essential that you note that bowing generally occurs in one of your baby’s legs.

Treatment Procedures For Bowed Legs Baby:

Your baby’s legs will generally take the right shape once he starts attending his school.

  • There is no need to worry or opt for any sorts of treatments.
  • In case the legs do not take a normal shape with age and the bowing looks severe, your specialist may suggest night splints.

Some Fun Activities To Help Build Strong Muscles In Your Baby:

While bow legs are perfectly normal, here are some activities you both can enjoy for strengthening the leg muscles:

  • Place your baby flat on his tummy and keep him in that position for some time. Keep him engaged by showing noisy objects and brightly colored stuffs.
  • Place your baby on his back and keep things near his legs to kick. Keep toys that make sounds upon being hit. This will make kicking fun for him.
  • Help your baby sit on your lap with little support from you. You can place his legs in the “V” position that is absolutely safe.
  • Make sure to be very careful and do not pressurize your baby in any way. These fun activities can help strengthen his leg muscles. He will certainly enjoy spending those moments with you.

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So moms, just relax and enjoy watching your baby grow. You should be worried only if you see the bones in his legs curved unequally. Inform your doctor if the curves worsen with time. See if your baby cries while walking. You must inform the doctor if you find the bow legs are troubling your little one in any way.

Moms share with us how you helped your baby take his first steps in the comment section below.

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