Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: D | 2010-02-18

Q.

Bowed Legs

Dear Doc

My 18month old son seems to have bowed legs, should he be seen by his peadiatrician now so x-rays and tests can be done to determine whether it could get worse or result of a disease. I did some research on the internet as you can tell, most sites say one should wait till 2 years of age which is in 6 months time to see if they outgrow it or it gets worse and then make a decision to have it checked out. The both bowed although the one seems slighly more than the other.

I want to know whats your whole take on it and when should I be seriously worried?

Thank you kindly for your time taken to respond.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

You are welcome. You are correct in that most children who have slighltly bowed legs will outgrow the problem. The main concern is that we must not miss a treatable condition such as rickets before the age of 2 years. So please take your son to see your doctor so that rickets can be excluded.

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