Prevent X-shaped Legs In Infants Aged 6 Months?
, my child has been even six months, but I am a massage worker, maybe he feels my son’s feet are not straight, he suggested that my child’s feet be swaddled during sleep so that the height is not lethal x, but my child is sleeping right now, very thick, oblique and mutar2, sorry if sleep disturbed, is there another solution for preventing leter x? Oh yes my family and husband no letter x. Thanks.
Hello Desy Sari,
The shape of the baby's lower limbs that are curved in an O or X shape from newborn to 12 months of age is normal during the growth phase (valgus or physiological varum). The letter O form in babies will generally begin normal at the age of 18-24 months, while the form of letter X will become normal at the age of 24-59 months. State of the legs that are not straight can occur because of limited space in the uterus during the process of pregnancy. In normal children the condition will become normal without special handling.
However, if after that age the child's lower limbs are still in the form of X need to be suspected of the following abnormalities:
Genetic abnormalities that interfere with the formation of bones and joints rickets rickets Bone infection obesity Rheumatoid arthritis Osteoarthritis (generally in adults) Your doctor will consider using a special leg brace that helps to straighten a child's feet. It never hurts to check the child first to the doctor if the leg bent is very clear (visible), one leg looks longer / shorter than the other limbs, there is a disruption of movement on one side of the limbs, impaired children's motor development is late.
Swaddling the baby aims to thermoregulation, which is to maintain the child's body temperature so that it stays warm. Generally performed on newborns <28 days old. At the age of 2-3 months babies are generally already actively moving so that, swaddling can no longer last long. Even the use of swaddles that are too tight with the aim of stretching the legs can actually cause interference with the hip joint (hip dysplasia). In the mother's womb, the position of the baby's legs crosses because of limited space, so it's normal when birth the baby's legs do not immediately become straight. However, as it grows normally, the legs will straighten on their own. Swaddling that is too tight can also increase the risk of sudden death syndrome in infants due to a baby's airway obstruction when the baby changes position to tilt or face down.
So that if the baby's age is large enough, thermoregulation can be achieved by using clothing or room temperature regulation, swaddling is not done, no problem. For letter X limbs, you can observe the baby's growth and development per month, if the baby has difficulty walking, bending which is gaining weight, or after a certain age the letter X is still present, you can bring the child to consult further with the doctor. Thus the explanation from me, hopefully useful.