Bowlegs and Knock-Knees in Children at CMC Dubai
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When to Worry and When to Seek Help

Many parents find themselves concerned about their child’s leg alignment, noticing either bowing outwards (bowlegs) or inwards (knock-knees). While these can be alarming at first, it’s important to understand that both conditions are quite common in young children and often a normal part of development.

Bowlegs (genu varum): When a child stands with their feet together, their knees appear apart due to outward bowing of the legs.

Knock-knees (genu valgum): When a child stands with their knees together, their ankles appear wide apart due to inward bowing of the legs.

Are they always a cause for concern?

In most cases, no. Both bowlegs and knock-knees are typically temporary phases experienced by most children during different stages of growth:

Bowlegs are most prominent between 18 months and 2 years, naturally straightening by 4-6 years old while knock-knees usually seen between 2-4 years old, gradually correcting by 7-8 years old.

Signs to Watch Out For:

While these conditions are usually harmless, certain situations warrant seeking medical advice:

  • Severity: If the bowing or knock-kneeing is severe, worsening, or persists beyond the typical age ranges.
  • Pain: If the child experiences pain or discomfort in their legs.
  • Asymmetry: If the bowing or knock-kneeing affects only one leg.
  • Other symptoms: If accompanied by other developmental concerns or medical conditions.

If you have any concerns about your child’s leg alignment, consult your pediatrician. At CMC Dubai, we offer expert pediatric orthopedic care to address concerns about bowlegs and knock-knees. Schedule an appointment with our experts for guidance and personalized care to ensure your child’s healthy leg development.

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