Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Edie | 2012-04-16


From head to toe

Dear Prof

My right foot ‘ falls’  inward (pigeon toe?). My mother took me to loads of docs who said I will outgrow it. I’ m 35 and it’ s still very much there. My problem is my 3 yr old son also has it. I wouldn’ t be too concerned because I also took part in all sports, but he falls over his foot quite often. And he falls really hard, almost always hitting is head against the floor. Should I have it checked out? Would there be something to help with this? And speaking of his head, he is now almost 37 months. He is 95 cm tall, weighs 13 kg and his head is 52 cm. His fontanel only closed after his 2nd birthday. Is his head size another concern?


Expert's Reply



The average weight for a boy of 37months is 14.5kg, height 97cm and head circumference 50cm. Your son's weight and height are on the 25th percentile line of the children's growth chart, yet his head circumference is on the 90th percentile line. It would be a good idea to ask your paediatrician to see him. I am almost sure that there is no need for concern but with his late closure of his fontanelle it would be best to have him seen.
Your son appears to have inherited your tendency to being pigeon toed with his right foot. It is causing him problems and he is probably beyond the age where it will 'self correct'. When you see the paediatrician ask for him to be referred to a paediatric orthopaediac specialist for an opinion.

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