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:
- 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.
- 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.
The toddler phase in a child’s life can be sharply marked by an increasing need to assert its independence. This will be a time fraught with challenges for you, as you try to support your toddlers’ impulses to explore his environment, while also safeguarding them from any harm.
If the battle to assert your authority may sometimes lead to frayed nerves or tempers on your part, be sure that you will also be rewarded by the development of a new and complex level of interaction between your child and yourself. The toddler phase can indeed be very demanding, especially at the initial stage of the phase.
Here are some ways in which you can encourage and extend your support during this difficult and yet essential and interesting phase in your child’s life:
- Let your toddlers explore within a limit: It is the parent’s task to set acceptable limits and as long as your toddlers do not cross those limits, allow complete freedom to explore. Your toddlers will learn to appreciate this and broaden their horizons through the use of their newfound curiosities.
- Honor and appreciate the choices made by your toddler as long as they do not harm anyone.
- Be calm and composed: Do not get irritated by your toddler’s tendency to refuse or rebel. This is actually a good sign to tell you that your toddler is developing a mind of his or her own.
- Do not neglect your toddler’s urge to play: Get your child various types of games appropriate for a toddler’s age. Your toddlers will learn important things in the process of enjoying the games such as eye-hand coordination, an understanding of logical sequences in events etc.