Bow legs are quite a serious condition in which a child’s legs are bent.
This condition can sometimes be tricky to cure.
Most doctors will tell you that bow legs cannot be straightened without surgery.
But this is actually not true.
Bow legs can be straightened, especially in children.
Here are some ways to go about it.
Exercise, Diet And Supplements
If your child is below 3, it is very possible that their bow legs will straighten by themselves.
You will need to observe your child carefully.
Ensure that he’s getting a diet rich in protein and that contains plenty of vegetables.
Above all, make sure your child is getting enough sunlight, as bow legs can quite often be the result of a Vitamin D deficiency.
Try to ensure that your child is engaging in plenty of physical activities that involve them using their legs.
Running, climbing, and skipping are all wonderful activities.
Take your child for long walks, go to a park, or throw a ball around.
The keys are exercise, nutrition, sunlight and sufficient vitamin supplements.
Will This Straighten My Child’s Bow Legs?
If your child’s bow legs have occurred at an early age, certainly.
Bow legs are not natural.
Which means that a young child’s legs will generally straighten out on their own if they are getting the right exercise and nutrition.
You should ideally also consult your doctor to ensure that your child’s bow legs are not the result of a disease.
If they are, please ensure that the disease is treated while he or she is still young and their bow legs still have a chance of straightening themselves.
You need to make time for engaging your child in physical activities, preferably those that you can do out in the sunlight.
Vitamin D deficiencies also contribute to bow legs.
Therefore, these activities can definitely help to naturally straighten your child’s bow legs.
And they should show marked improvement before ultimately straightening themselves entirely.
Medical braces are supports which can be strapped to the legs and help to slowly straighten them over time.
These are not necessary for most children with bow legs.
Usually, the natural methods described above will be enough.
However, in serious cases, such as when bow legs are the result of a diseases, such as Rickets or your child is already around 8 to 10, the completely natural methods above need to be supplemented with medical braces.
There is a certain period of time before a person is fully grown when their bones are still relatively flexible.
It is definitely best if their bow legs are straightened within this period.
Once a person becomes an adult, bow legs can still be straightened, but it requires more time and patience than it would if you were treating a child.
So if a child of around 8 to 10 is still displaying the symptoms of bow legs and a doctor recommends braces, please get them as soon as possible.
This will give your child the best chance of leading a normal and healthy life.
It is important that you continue the natural treatments described above, however, as they never stop being beneficial for a child with bow legs.