Developmental dysplasia of the hip
The newborn physical examination and the check at six to eight weeks aim to diagnose DDH early. However, sometimes hip problems can develop after these checks.
It's important to contact your GP as soon as possible if you notice your child develops any of the following symptoms:
Your child will be referred to an orthopaedic specialist in hospital for an ultrasound scan or anX-ray if your doctor thinks there's a problem with their hip.
Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) is a condition where the 'ball and socket' joint of the hips doesn't properly form in babies and young children.
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.
Pavlik harnessBabies diagnosed with DDH early in life are usually treated with a fabric splint known as a Pavlik harness. This secures both of your baby's hips in a stable position and allows them to
The newborn physical examination and the check at six to eight weeks aim to diagnose DDH early. However, sometimes hip problems can develop after these checks.It's important to contact your GP as soon
It's important to remember that DDH can't be prevented and it's nobody's fault. A baby's hips are naturally more flexible for a short period after birth.However, if your baby spends a lot of time tigh