Late-stage signs of DDH

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:

  • restricted movement in one leg when you change their nappy
  • one leg drags behind the other when they crawl
  • one leg appears longer than the other
  • uneven skin folds in the buttocks or thighs
  • a limp, walking on toes or developing an abnormal 'waddling' walk

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.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018