Thursday, November 18, 2010

Bow-legged children

Like most young children, my little girl also used to appear as bow-legged when she started walking. Now, you will know when a child has bow legs when there is a small gap between the knees and the ankles when the child is standing up. This is said to be a very minor problem as my little girl's doctor said that when children first start walking, it is normal to walk with their feet apart and to waddle and this problem in children would eventually correct themselves. Being bow-legged is only one of the common foot problems found in children and there are other several minor problems you will also notice in children's feet like knock knees, in-toeing, out-toeing, flat feet and tiptoe walking. Now these common problems are usually seen until the child is 2 years old, so if the gap is pronounced or does not correct itself, this is the time that you should check with a doctor, as I was once told that this could be a sign of rickets or a bone deformity.

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