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is it normal for babies to have bow legs?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Yes: Most babies are born "bow-legged" because of their position in the womb. Babies who were in breech position for most of the pregnancy, tend to have straighter legs, but can have problems with their hips. Bow legs are usually not treated, and will straighten as the child walks. If a child becomes more bow legged as they grow, more investigation is required.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: Newborns are folded tightly in the womb and the rounding of the walls will produce a transient rounding or leg bowing. After baby begins to cruise, the forces of gravity begin to remodel the legs for upright posture. There is often a transient inward or knock knee appearance around 4, with straightening by 6-7.

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What the best thing to use on infant heat bumps?

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How to stop the back of my knee from hurting right between where it bends?

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They were put : There to correct a problem such as a fracture.

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