KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Police Monday morning found a Glock 9mm pistol hidden in a garbage bin in Olympic Gardens, Kingston 11.
The Olympic Gardens Police report that about 11:45 am, lawmen acting on information conducted an operation in the area. A garbage bin was searched during the operation and the weapon was found inside ...more »
PARENTS are often concerned when their children develop bowed legs or knock knees, conditions quite common in toddlers. While some of the conditions are mild and will disappear by age three, some can persist and even interfere with walking.
According to orthopaedic surgeon Dr Warren Blake, severe cases of bow legs/knock knees do exist in Jamaica. However, he said a child usually grows out of it by age five.
"If the child has bow legs or knock knees after five years, it is not likely that they will grow straight," he said.
*If your child has bow legs or knock knees which show no signs of improvement by age three, it is time to become concerned.
"If the condition is still significant after age three, you need to seek medical attention to rule out medical problems," Dr Blake said. "At this point it will require the intervention of surgery to straighten."
* Age three and five are two crucial ages to keep in mind. If the bow legs/knock knees are not straightened by the age of five, it could mean problems for the child as he develops into adulthood.
"Apart from the cosmetic aspect, when you have bow legs/knock knees, it puts more pressure on the knee joints. The uneven distribution will cause one side to wear out quicker and you find that the person tends to develop arthritis early," the doctor said.
* In Jamaica, severe knock knees are caused by Vitamin D resistant rickets, where the body produces Vitamin D but rejects it. The other more common cause is Blount's disease, a medical condition that affects bone growth, resulting in abnormal growth of the upper portion of the tibia or shin bone. Both toddlers and adolescents can develop this condition.
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