Preventing DDH

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 tightly wrapped with their legs straight and pressed together (swaddled), there's a risk this may slow their hip development. Using 'hip healthy' swaddling techniques can reduce this risk. Make sure your baby is able to move their hips and knees freely to kick.

You can read about hip-healthy swaddling on The International Hip Dysplasia Institute website.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018