How can I straighten my baby’s bow legs?
If your child’s legs do not grow straighter on their own, or if your child’s legs continue to become more curved after age 2, their doctor may recommend a corrective brace or surgery. Leg braces can slowly move the legs into a straighter position.
When should I worry about 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.
Does walking too early cause bow legs?
Can babies become bow-legged from standing too early? In a word, no. Standing or walking doesn’t cause bowed legs. However, as your child begins to put more pressure on their legs through these activities, it might increase the bowing a bit.
Can you straighten bowed legs?
The only way to truly change the shape of the legs is to break the bone and straighten it. This is an enduring, structural alteration. Dr. Austin Fragomen is an orthopedic surgeon and the fellowship director of the Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service at Hospital for Special Surgery.
Is bow legged a disability?
Arthritis is the primary long-term effect of bowlegs, and it can be disabling. When it’s severe, it can affect the knees, feet, ankles, and hip joints because of the abnormal stresses applied. If a person needs a total knee replacement at a young age, then a revision will likely have to be done when they are older.
Why does my baby stiffen her legs?
Another theory is that your child is simply stiffening because he’s excited or frustrated. He may also be discovering new ways to use his muscles. Some babies stiffen up when they’re doing something they’d rather not, such as getting a diaper change or being put into their snow suit.