15Baby's Feet Are Curved Inward
There are some things parents should be looking out for before the baby begins the mobile phase, and curved-in feet is one of them.
In some cases baby may be born with feet slightly curved inwards. As a result of being cramped in the womb, babies only begin stretching out gradually
over the week and months that follow the birth. Appropriately enough, it is a phase doctors refer to as "unfolding".
If natural extension does not happen by the time he is ready to roll on his belly, it can be discouraging for the baby, and it can impede the little one's regular movements, including the propensity to get up on his knees.
What you can do: Verify if your baby's curvature is within normal limits, askdrsears.com suggests to do the following:
- Pick baby's feet and look at the soles. It’s normal for the front of the foot to be curved in a bit.
- Now hold the heel of baby’s foot with one hand and gently stretch the front of the foot to the straight position.
- If the foot straightens easily with gentle stretching, the curvature is considered normal and it will self-correct within a few months.
- To help the feet straighten, continue with the stretches with each diaper change and minimize sleeping in the fetal position.
If bones are flexible the paediatrician will be able to gently pull the feet into a straight position. In more rare cases the bones can be rigid and may require additional therapy from an orthopaedic paediatrician, or physical therapist.