Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Cathrine | 2010/04/08


Bowed Leg - 3 mth old

Hello, my baby is 12 weeks old and the one leg is rather bowed. The other leg is not totally straight &  I know this is normal and will straighten when he stands &  starts to walk, but I am a bit worried about the other one as it is definately a lot worse. Will this also straighten on it''s own or should I seek medical advice?

Expert's Reply



At this age it is common for babies to have one leg or both legs slightly or more noticeably bowed. This is usually due to baby's position when in the uterus.In most cases baby's legs will straighten with time especially as you say when starting to walk or early on once walking.Your paediatrician will be watching your baby and will advise you if there is any need for concern [which is highly unlikely]

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Posted by: jessica | 2010/04/08

My daughter now 18months was the same and i was also very worried but both her legs were bowed, but i was told countless times by clinics that it is normal and that there legs are like that because there bones are soft while the are busy forming in our tummys and are like this because of the way they lie in our stomachs when it gets very squashed! And now my daughters legs are much better since she started walking!so hang in there they will come straight =)

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