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Know if Your Baby is Bowlegged

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 21-03-2007

Are you worried that your baby might be bowlegged?

Well, actually he is—as are all babies at this age. Bowlegs disappear as babies grow up. It is a normal phenomenon, although, very rarely, it could pose a real problem.

Bowlegs are quite common in babies until the age of 3 years or so. As the baby starts to walk, the legs start to straighten out and bowlegs begin to disappear.

Here are some essential Do’s and Don’ts to correct bowlegs in your baby:

Do’s:

  • Observe the extent of bowlegs in your baby carefully—usually bowleggedness disappears by the age of 3 years or so. At this age, your baby should look normal.

Don’ts:

  • Do not panic or worry if you find your newborn baby bowlegged. Babies tend to have bowlegs because of their position in their mother’s womb.
  • Take your baby to a pediatrician if your baby’s bowlegs are still prominent after 3 years.
  • Some of the other reasons that may cause bowlegs include deficiency of Vitamin D, a hereditary characteristic etc. In such cases, bowlegs can be corrected by using vitamin supplements or by minor surgery.Wearing special shoes or braces to correct the deformity is not advisable since it can cause problems with other aspects of physical development.