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On Call: Little Bowlegs

Q. My toddler is clearly bowlegged. Is something wrong?

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Most toddlers look at least a little bowlegged, which is totally normal. Babies are born with curved legs because the angle between the bones helped them fold up compactly in the womb. Between 18 months and 3 years, children's legs usually straighten out on their own.That said, bowlegged kids should be checked out by their doctor just to be sure they don't have a serious condition, such as Blount's disease (a problem with the tibia, one of the bones in the shin) or rickets (a disease caused by vitamin D deficiency, which can make bones weak). You should also call the doctor if your child seems to be getting more bowlegged or if he seems to be in pain when he walks.

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