BOWLEGS AND KNOCK-KNEES
Most infants are bowlegged. Similarly, most preschool children have knock-knees. Both these conditions usually
need no treatment. The legs become straight in almost
all cases before the child starts school.
Rickets can cause bowing of legs, but the child will
also have other features of rickets. You should also consult
your doctor if only one leg is affected or if the bowlegs
seem to get worse after 2 years of age.
In case of knock-knees, if the gap between the ankles,
with the child lying down (legs touching the bed), is more than 10 ems. or if the knock-knees persist after 7 years of
age, further investigations and treatment may be required.
11 February, 2013