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If i have bow legs, does this mean my child will also have bow legs?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Not necessarily: A child inherits half his genes from each parent, so the leg shape will likely be a mix of the mom's & dad's leg shapes. Some traits are dominant and will show up in most of the children. One can get an idea of how dominant a trait is by looking at his family tree. So, do more than half the relatives in every generation all have bow legs? If so, then the next generation is likely to have them.

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Is it normal for a child to have bow legs.

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Yes: Once pathological conditions such as blount's disease or rickets have been ruled out, some bowing of the legs is normal in toddlers.
Dr. Kathryn Akin
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 37 years experience
Most children have in-toeing or out-toeing at some point. The majority of them will be straight by two years of age after the child has been walking for a year. If there is a question, always consult with your child's health care provider,
Aug 8, 2013
Dr. Shaun Machen
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Should significant bowlegs or knockknees persist into school age children, consult a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon--guided growth using small tension band plates or staples to slow the growth on one side of the growth plate, and allow the other side to continue to grow may be used to straighten the limb deformity.
Sep 10, 2013
Dr. Thomas Riney
Pediatrics 37 years experience
entirely dependaent on age
Oct 5, 2013

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