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What causes bowed legs in babies?

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Posted on Tue, 12 May 2015
Question: Hi, there,
My adopted son is 21 months old and he has bow legs, very O shaped. Is there any specific exercise we can help him to do so the legs can gradually be straightened out as he grows?
He does have a malnutrition history before 14month but were very well fed after. He started walking at 17 months when he grew to almost 30lb. so perhaps he is too heavy a toddler for his legs... i hope as his legs gets stronger the problem can go away.
Thanks!
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (30 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Physiological bowing of legs.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
I have seen the attached image. The bowing of his legs is not significant. This is a normal physiological bowing. If rickets has been ruled out after X-ray then there is no need to worry. The bow will gradually straighten out as he will grow. No specific exercise will make this happen faster. This is an age related process. You can give him calcium and vitamin D3 supplements for stronger bones and proper bone growth.
I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Wishing you good health.
Regards.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Praveen Tayal (37 hours later)
Thank you Dr. Tayal! appreciate your prompt response...
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (45 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
You are welcome.

Detailed Answer:
Hello.
Thank you.
I am happy I could help.
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Wishing you the best in whatever you do.
Best regards.
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What causes bowed legs in babies?

Brief Answer: Physiological bowing of legs. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for posting your query. I have seen the attached image. The bowing of his legs is not significant. This is a normal physiological bowing. If rickets has been ruled out after X-ray then there is no need to worry. The bow will gradually straighten out as he will grow. No specific exercise will make this happen faster. This is an age related process. You can give him calcium and vitamin D3 supplements for stronger bones and proper bone growth. I hope this answers your query. In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out. Wishing you good health. Regards. Dr. Praveen Tayal. For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal