Diagnosing DDH

Within 72 hours of giving birth, your baby's hips will be checked as part of the newborn physical examination. Another hip examination is carried out when your baby is between six and eight weeks old.

The examination involves gentle manipulation of your baby's hip joints to check if there are any problems, and shouldn't cause them any discomfort.

Anultrasound scan is usually recommended within a few weeks if:

  • the hip feels unstable
  • there's a family history of childhood hip problems
  • your baby was born in thebreech position (feet first with their bottom downwards)
  • you've hadtwins or a multiple birth
  • your baby wasborn prematurely before the 37th week of pregnancy

Sometimes a baby's hip stabilises on its own before the scan is due.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018