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.
What can cause bow legs in babies?
What Causes Bow Legs? 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.
When should I worry about my baby being bow legged?
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.
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.
How do you know if your baby is bow legged?
A child is considered bowlegged when his/her knees are wide apart or do not come together when standing with their feet and ankles together. A child with bowed legs will have a distinct space between their lower legs and knees.
Is it bad for a 2 month old to stand up?
Most younger infants are able to stand up with support and bear some weight on their legs between 2 and 4 1/2 months. This is an expected and safe developmental stage that will progress to pulling up independently and won’t cause them to have bow-legs.
Is it OK to sit a baby up?
Babies’ ability to sit up on their own is the best indication that their spine is strong enough to hold their bodies. Sitting enables your baby a new perspective of her environment. It also frees both of her hands, so they are available for exploring and investigating.
Is it OK for 6 month old to stand?
Learning to stand too early should not concern parents either. As early as 6 months your baby might be trying out his or her legs! While it’s a common concern that early standers may become bowlegged, you shouldn’t worry.
How can I naturally correct bow legs?
Exercises to stretch hip and thigh muscles and to strengthen hip muscles have been shown to correct bow-legged deformity.
Exercises That May Help Correct Bow Legs
- Hamstring stretches.
- Groin stretches.
- Piriformis stretches.
- Gluteus medius strengthening with a resistance band.
Are bow legs common?
Bowed legs in a toddler is very common. When a child with bowed legs stands with his or her feet together, there is a distinct space between the lower legs and knees. This may be a result of either one, or both, of the legs curving outward. Walking often exaggerates this bowed appearance.
How do you know if you are bow legged?
Bowlegs is usually obvious when a child stands with their legs straight and toes pointed forward. Your child’s physician can determine the severity of bowlegs by looking at the position of your child’s legs, knees, and ankles and by measuring the distance between their knees.