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Jul 23 2014
Does your child have Bowlegs or Knock Knees?

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Dr. Bazzi says most children with bowlegs do not require treatment. In circumstances where bowlegs are caused by diseases or abnormal bone development, a physician may recommend treatment such as orthotic braces, special shoes, casts, or surgery if the condition worsens. “Treatment may be recommended because bowlegs can cause osteoarthritis or trouble walking as the child ages,” says Dr. Bazzi.


Photo Credit: "Valgus" by BioMed Central 

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Jul 23 2014
Not all Limbs are Created Equal

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When a child has a significant arm or leg length discrepancy or deformity, his or her quality of life and the ability to perform many day to day physical activities can be affected. Complications may include back, hip, and knee problems as the child grows.


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Jul 14 2014
Is your child twisted?

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The growing child who has been diagnosed with scoliosis or kyphosis can have a deformity that may get worse throughout life, resulting in cosmetic issues, functional issues affecting the spine, lungs, or other organs and possibly painful and serious curvatures.

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Jul 14 2014
Don’t Play Around with Elbow Injuries

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According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, fractures that occur in, or around, the elbow account for about 10 percent of all fractures in children. Many elbow injuries occur at playgrounds when children are playing on monkey bars. They lose their grip, slip off, and fall onto an outstretched arm. Elbow injuries can also occur when kids jump and fall off a bed.

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Jul 14 2014
Bed-Sharing Linked to SIDS

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Risk factors for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) appear to change with the age of the infant, researchers say.

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