Though it has been proved that a healthy diet and regular visit to the doctor keep both the mother and the fetus safe and sound throughout the pregnancy and enhances the chance of healthy development of brain and other body parts, it is also found that some issues retain common in many cases which are associated with pregnancy and childbirth. Less care, unhealthy living, and poor diet plan always leave the risk of issues like jaundice or abnormal heart rate or any other infections that seems like the concern to the mother but are generally normal in many cases. But apart from these, there are misconceptions also that build its place in mothers or the families which need to be taken care of carefully.
Misconception about kneecaps
It is believed by most people that babies are born without kneecaps but that is not exactly correct. The newborn babies are born with layers of cartilages which are soft primarily but have their growth and developments with the bone structure developments afterward. The layers of cartilages get hard after the ossification takes place. Now, the misconception occurs due to the fact that when an x-ray is taken of the newborn baby, the kneecap is not visible as they are not made of bones.
Development of kneecaps
Do babies have kneecaps at birth? To answer it scientifically, the baby’s kneecap development starts in their mother’s womb when she is in her fourth month of pregnancy. Firstly it is made up of cartilages but at the age of 3 – 5 years, the process of ossification starts and the kneecap starts developing its bones. And this process continues till the baby is about 10 – 12 years old. But the fact is when the bones in the kneecap are developed in its fullest it retains a few cartilages in it. Once the bone expands fully, the kneecaps are also grown fully. The main cells that grow in the cartilage linings and form a solid and firm bone covering the total cartilage are known as osteoblast cells and the process of ossification increases the production of more and more this kind of cells along with other bone cells to form strong and bony kneecap.
Protecting a child’s kneecap
It is for the cartilages only that a child can crawl so well and without feeling any pain. The cartilages in the child’s leg work as a cushion due to its softness. But sometimes the hard materials like sand or any rough particles can cause harm to their knees and thus it is advised to make the children wear knee protectors which can be easily found in local supermarkets or over the internet. Homemade protectors can be made with any soft cotton materials. Giving the child foods enriched with proper calcium can be an added advantage to take care of the developmental process of a strong kneecap.
Thus the question still moves around the minds of many that do infants have kneecaps and the answer for them will always be the same what we discussed earlier. But caring for the development of the same is very much required.