Let's talk bow-legs por favor. — The Bump
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Let's talk bow-legs por favor.

Just wondering if any kiddos out there have bow legs and if it went away? My ped mentioned it to us and said that often their legs straighten out as they walk but people keep mentioning it to me and it's a bit unnerving. My freaking grandma asked me today if he "rides a lot of horses." Indifferent
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Re: Let's talk bow-legs por favor.

  • C's got them, sort of looks like they're getting better.
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  • I am an early intervention physical therapist and sometimes get referrals related to bow-leggedness. It is a typical stage and more visual due to the way the soft tissue is carried on the legs versus how the actual bones are aligned. You really can't tell with certainty without an Xray. So if parents are really concerned about this I refer them to a pediatric orthopedic doc. I would trust your pediatrician's opinion at this point, but again if it bothers you-- ask for a referral to the ortho. Then you can have the peace of mind of knowing everything is developing as it should!
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  • My oldest was pretty bow-legged - I'd say it resolved/straightened around 20-22 mos.  One of my twins, my girl, is bow-legged now, but it's definitely better than it was 6 mos ago (she's 18 mos now). I'd give it some time, and not worry for now.  

    And I totally get the comments.  When Ben was about 12-13 mos she grabbed my arm and whispered, "Oh my God, I didn't know he was bow legged."  Sort of a sympathy statement - like it is some horrible, terminal disease. I kinda chuckled at her  and she just walked off.  I'm sure she thought I was a horrible mom for not being worried!

     

  • Ooooh thanks ladies! I personally am not that concerned, plus I think it makes him look so cute and babyish but all the comments were throwing off my groove.

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  • I was bow legged so I had to wear shoes with a bar across the bottom to help straighten my legs (I was really little, not even crawling yet I believe).  Although just a touch bow legged now, it's really only noticeable if I point it out to people.
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  • They go from bow-legged to knock-kneed by 2-ish.

     It's normal.

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    Ooooh thanks ladies! I personally am not that concerned, plus I think it makes him look so cute and babyish but all the comments were throwing off my groove.

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    This.  So many people have commented that my DD is bow-legged (after watching her walk around in pants), but it really doesn't seem that way to me when I look closely at her bare legs.

    I've heard it so much that I'm starting to get concerned.  One person even implied that she's bow-legged 'cause I carry her in a baby carrier a lot.  **facepalm**

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  • My 1st son had them until he was 2+ but they went away prior to him turning 2.5-3.   He was looked at by a specialist at almost two but he told me not to worry...

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