Bow legs: Expert recommends exposure to sunlight, healthy dieting for children

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By Justina Auta

Abuja – Dr Umaru Habila, Chief Consultant and Associate , Orthopedic and Trauma Unit, National Hospital, Abuja, has advised parents to place their bow legged on healthy diets and expose them to sunlight to correct the deformity.

The physician, gave the advice in an interview with News Agency Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, said exposure the deformed bowleg to sunlights, would help “the receive vitamin D, essential for healthy bones, and helps the body absorb calcium.”

According to him, knocked knees, popularly known as ‘K-leg and bow legs’ are natural development in as they grow .

He, however, explained that some conditions, such as bone malformations or deficiency some vital mineral and nutrients might also contribute to bow or knocked knees in .

“But there are some aberrations, and the problem could set in between the normal development.

“Like in the case a develops K-leg at the age of one year and some months, it is abnormal, they are supposed to have a bit of bowleg.

“These could be rickets most likely the bone is soft because of lack of some minerals.

“So, what is to be done is to take samples of his blood, check for his calcium level and some of the elements in his blood. That one can give us some information, whether he lacks something or not.

“X-ray will also give us how good the bone is and tell us if something is wrong.”

He advised that such children should be administered calcium, vitamin D, protein, minerals and vegetables and other healthy diets to gradually straighten the bones, as well as undergo regular medical check ups.

The added that older than three years with bow-legs and difficulty walking might undergo surgical interventions and other management procedures to correct the deformities .

He further disclosed that some children, had difficulty absorbing calcium after numerous treatments, should undergo series of tests to ascertain the level and treated appropriately to address the situation.

“Unfortunately, some of them, may have innate problems that they cannot absorb some of the calcium despite what we give.

“So in those instances, we test to detect that they are unable to detect calcium and they are given the calcium to bypass their absorption difficulty and are treated differently from the .”

Umaru also advised parents to regularly feed their children with vegetables, calcium, protein such as milk, fish, meat and other nutritional value foods to their growth and development.