Can Standing Too Early Cause Baby Bow Legged?

Little baby Standing Too Early

No, standing too early does not cause a baby to become bow-legged. Bow legs, or genu varum, are a normal part of a baby’s development in the first year of life. Babies are born with a natural outward curve of the legs, and this can make them appear bow-legged. This appearance is due to the position they were in while in the womb and the flexibility of their bones.

As the baby grows and begins to stand and walk, usually between 9 and 12 months of age, the legs gradually straighten out over time. By around 18 to 24 months of age, most children’s legs have typically straightened.

However, if bow legs persist or worsen significantly after the age of 2 or if there are other concerning symptoms like pain, difficulty walking, or developmental delays, it’s essential to consult a pediatrician. In some cases, persistent bow legs could be due to conditions like rickets (a vitamin D deficiency), Blount’s disease, or other bone abnormalities that may require medical attention.

Standing or encouraging a baby to bear weight on their legs appropriately as they develop motor skills, under proper supervision, generally does not cause bow legs or negatively impact their leg alignment.

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