Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Shelby | 2010/11/23

Q.

Bow legs

Hi Professor,

My 16 month old has slightly curved legs and his feet turn in slightly. There is also a slight gap between the big toe and the next toe. My Mum says I should have it checked out, but I have read that it will correct itself as my son grows as he was curled up in the womb and this was the effect of being squashed up.

Do you think I should worry?

Thank you.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

It is very possible that your son's bow legs are simply a result of the position was in during your pregnancy and will correct themselves with time. However, bowlegs can be a sign of a Vitamin D deficiency known as Rickets in young children. You are advised to see your paediatrician about your little toddler's bow legs.

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