Posted by: Kaytee | 2008/08/12

Bandy Legs in 18 month old

My nephew is 18 months old and started walking at around 12 months. His one leg is quite bandy while the other is not as bad. As as a result, he is constantly tripping over his own little feet and falling. The paeditrician told his parents that there is no cause for concern as he' ll probably outgrow it, but " probably"  is not good enough. We don' t want this little boy' s future to be affected by this and would rather get it treated now, if this is possible. Do you have any suggestions or advice? He was breastfed until about 7 months, and due to asthma, is on a soya milk formula and not fresh milk. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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Dear Kaytee
The paediatrician is quite right- little kids ten to either have bandy legs or knock knees and this usually corrects by itself when they are a little older. No doctor would do anything at this stage to correct the leg surgically. Ensure a healthy diet with enough calcium and other nutrients (soya is fine) and let him be as active as he wants to be. Remember that at 18 months they are not that stable on their feet and it will become better.

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