Are babies born with bowed legs?

How long do babies legs stay bowed?

Most infants have bowed legs, which is a result of the curled-up position of the fetus in the womb during development. The condition usually resolves spontaneously after the child has been walking for 6 to 12 months and his legs begin to bear weight.

When should I worry about bow legs?

Whether to worry depends on your child’s age and the severity of the bowing. Mild bowing in an infant or toddler under age 3 is typically normal and will get better over time. However, bowed legs that are severe, worsening or persisting beyond age 3 should be referred to a specialist.

How can I straighten my baby’s legs?

Bend your baby’s right leg and push the right knee up to the chest while straightening the left leg down. Gently and in a smooth, continuous motion, repeat the action with your baby’s left leg. Alternate between both legs slowly. Then speed up in a quicker, continuous, bicycle motion.

Do bow legs get worse with age?

Generally, under the age of 2 years, bowed legs are considered a normal process of the developing skeleton. The angle of the bow tends to peak around the age of 18 months, and then gradually resolve within the following year.

How can I naturally correct bow legs?

Exercises to stretch hip and thigh muscles and to strengthen hip muscles have been shown to correct bow-legged deformity.

Exercises that may help improve genu varum include:

  1. Hamstring stretches.
  2. Groin stretches.
  3. Piriformis stretches.
  4. Gluteus medius strengthening with a resistance band.
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Can being bow legged cause problems?

If left untreated, people who are bowlegged may experience pain, increased deformity, knee instability and progressive knee degeneration (arthritis). Correction of the deformity leads to improved knee mechanics, better walking, less pain, and prevents the rapid progression of damage to the knee.