Bowlegs occur when the knees bend outward more than normal. Most of the time this is normal in young children up to the age of 2 or 3 years.


Most of the time this is a normal part of the way children's bones grow and change as they get older. In rare cases, a vitamin deficiency may be the cause.


Treatment is normally not needed. The medical provider will want to see your child for an exam if the condition:

  • Is severe
  • Involves only one leg
  • Lasts past the age of 2
Depending on the cause, braces or other treatment may be needed to correct the condition.
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