A baby’s feet have to be a lot bigger than your own, and they are more likely to grow bigger in the first two years than the adult, new research shows.
A study conducted by the Royal Society of Medicine and published in the British Journal of Medical Sciences found that babies who had their toes growing in the next two years were 2.5 times more likely than their adult counterparts to have larger toes than those who didn’t.
That suggests that parents who let their babies grow their feet for too long are putting their children at risk of developing larger toes, which are a serious health concern.
Newborns who grew their toes too soon also had higher risk of osteoporosis, according to the study.
“The risk is really high for people who grow their toes very quickly and not for people growing their feet slowly,” said Dr. Paul Janssen, lead author of the study and a paediatric endocrinologist at the University of Southampton.
“It’s like, ‘Why did I give my baby a foot in the future?'”
The researchers analyzed data from more than 12,000 babies who were born between 1992 and 2003.
They then compared the risk of growing toes for a baby to that of their adult peers.
While the researchers weren’t able to directly compare the risk for toes for babies who grew in the second year of life with that of adults, the findings did suggest a possible link between babies growing in their first year of development and their later development of larger toes.
For example, the researchers found that children whose toes were growing in early life had a higher risk for osteoporbital fracture and osteopenia, which causes bone to become brittle.
Osteoporotic fractures can lead to permanent damage to bones, which can then lead to joint problems later in life.
And osteopenic bones can cause problems in the joints that support the foot, such as ligaments and tendons.
“This study shows that the risks are really higher for babies than for adults,” Jansson told ABC News.
“If your child grows a foot too soon, you’re putting him at a higher health risk.”
It is important to note that the risk was higher for those who grew the foot later than the other way around, because children who grow feet in the early years are at greater risk for developing osteoporus fractures later in their life.
The researchers also found that the growth of the toes was a key predictor of whether a child would develop osteoporosus, the joint problem that can result in arthritis later in adulthood.
“It’s important to remember that these are young children and they can grow up in the wrong environment,” said Jansen.
“So, in that respect, it’s important that we do all the appropriate things to help our children grow their legs as well.”
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