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Vanessa - posted on 10/13/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hey yall,

My little girl is one years old. Started around 8 months. When she walks her feet turn inwards. At first she used to trip over her feet but now she manages not to anymore. I've sought out various methods to get her to correct her feet, from adding more calcium (soy and rice milk) to her diet, massaging her legs and ankles, Vitamin C tablets, light weight / flexible shoes from Stride Rite, and barefoot walking. But everyday someone points out how "bow-legged" she is and how I should take her to a doctor to get braces put on or have them break her legs to correct them.

My thing is, everyday she seems to get better, she not that bad. I read somewhere that toddlers that start off bow-legged usually grow out of it by 3 yrs old, and if not, then that's when a parent should worry and consult a doctor for more evasive correcting.

What should I do?? Has anyone had experience with a bow-legged baby? HELP!! lol

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Sarah - posted on 10/13/2009

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My son was pretty bow legged and he did grow out of it. They are right I asked my doctor about it and he said that if he didn't grow out of it by the time he was two and I was still concerned cause it hadn't gotten any better then we could talk about braces for his legs. I got the stride rite shoes for first time walkers and that helped him he just wore those with all his outfits, and yes people pointed it out to me too. But again don't worry your little one will prob. grow out of it to without any braces

Tamela - posted on 10/13/2009

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My nephew was really bowlegged when he started walking-around 1yr- and after a few months his mom talked to the doc. They ended up sending him to a specialist just to do some x rays and ct scans. It turned out his hip bones/joints have holes in them. he goes back in a month to see if it is getter better or if he needs surgery to fill in the holes. I would definetly talk to the doc if my child was bowlegged. good luck

Breanne - posted on 10/13/2009

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Just check it out with your doctor. No harm in that. He might suggest a specialist, he might say it's normal. Do what feels right to you.

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Alishia - posted on 10/14/2009

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my friends 2 year old is bow legged and pigeon toed, but he is growing out of it. My daughter is 3 months and her legs were super bowed when she was born, and as she grows they are getting better. Probably no need to worry unless there is pain. Never hurts to put it on your list of questions for the pediatrician.

Saskia - posted on 10/14/2009

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Quoting Sarah:

My son was pretty bow legged and he did grow out of it. They are right I asked my doctor about it and he said that if he didn't grow out of it by the time he was two and I was still concerned cause it hadn't gotten any better then we could talk about braces for his legs. I got the stride rite shoes for first time walkers and that helped him he just wore those with all his outfits, and yes people pointed it out to me too. But again don't worry your little one will prob. grow out of it to without any braces



yea Sarah is right footwear is the key in most cases I had start rite shoes they are so soft it's like walking barefooted his autum boots are start rite shoes as well they cost a bit but only the best for my sons feet! and always get shoes fitted and check their size every month by a proffessionel my mum didn't with me and I walked inwards with both feet!

Saskia - posted on 10/13/2009

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that is pretty normal my son was bowlegged it usually goes by itself. ask your health professional tho just be sure

kids legs can change themselves up to 5 years, thats what my health visitor said when i asked her about my son walking the same way and she was right now he only walks inwards with one foot which is improving

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