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Infant hip dysplasia

So when, at 10 months, my daughter Ellie wasn't crawling or making moves towards standing or walking, my GP referred her to a pediatrician, who referred her to occupational therapy and physiotherapy, thinking she was just slightly developmentally delayed.

But the results of an xray has shown that, actually, her hips are displaced. So now we have to take her to see a specialist at Sick Kids and discuss treatment options.

Has anyone had any experience with this? How was it treated?  Is it a concern anymore? Do you have to be worried/careful with their hips?

Sorry, I'm just worried about this and need input from those who are experienced.


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Mar. 10th, 2016 03:09 am (UTC)

I know a bit about this because my son was frank breech (butt down, legs up) for most of my pregnancy, which can result in hip deformities. After he was born, he was checked every month more carefully than regular, head down babies and had a hip ultrasound when he was 3 months (I think) that confirmed he did not develop hip dysplasia. If he DID have it at that appointment they would have put him in a special cast in hopes that the ball and socket of the hip bones could be corrected with time. I know that breech position, baby wearing in a wrong carrier, genetic or family history are the biggest reasons this can happen. I'm not sure if the cast would be used on a 10 month old, or if surgery would be necessary.  www.wellnessmama.com has a good article about hip dysplasia.
Good luck mama!

Edited at 2016-03-10 03:10 am (UTC)
Mar. 10th, 2016 03:14 am (UTC)
My neice had his dysplasia and had to wear a brace for several weeks. The brace resolved the issue completely, she's 7 years old and on a soccer team... she's scored(?) 3 hat tricks this season, so I think she's pretty much the star of the team, too.
Mar. 11th, 2016 03:29 am (UTC)
Oh gosh, I'm dealing with this now. My daughter is 4 weeks and was born with dislocated hips and dysplasia. I won't lie, it's hard. It's hard seeing her in the brace, it's hard diapering around the brace, dealing with clothing is harder, bathing is harder. My kiddo is a pavlik harness and needs weekly ultrasounds and adjustments with the orthopedic doctor. Her case is pretty severe and may need surgery if the harness doesn't work. Per her MD, there's an 80% success rate even with how bad her hips currently are. If all goes well, she'll be in the harness full time for 6 weeks total, and then part time for another 6 weeks.

The biggest concern is making sure you don't tug/pull her legs at all. I've had to scold my mother and in-laws for pushing/pulling her legs during diaper changes, or squishing her legs when they're holding her. The pediatrician's office wanted to straighten out her legs during her 2 week appointment to measure her length and I had to put my foot down and say no.

This will probably be harder for you than for your kid. With my daughter, she's barely aware of the brace. With yours, she's a bit older so there may be an adjustment period, but kids are adaptable.
Mar. 11th, 2016 03:36 am (UTC)
my daughter was also breech, first born girl, and has a family history, which are all risk factors for this.
Mar. 19th, 2016 06:06 pm (UTC)
My son was born with hip dysphasia and had to wear the brace for 6 months.
It is pain but you get used to it.
I would suggest finding a good pediatric orthopedic doctor. We got lucky and there was one available for consult right in the hospital.

He is perfectly healthy almost 6 year old now, you could never tell he had any issues at all.
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