Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Hip Healthy Swaddling : Developmental Dysplasia of they Hip

Swaddling as we learned from our last blog post can help an infant find comfort and sleep well.

Properly swaddling your infant is important due to research that suggests, that improperly swaddling you baby may lead to developmental dysplasia of they hip.

What is developmental dysplasia of the hip?

Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip or DDH is the preferred term for babies and infants with hip dysplasia (since the condition can develop after birth.) DDH is a medical term for instability or looseness of the hip joint. 

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Are you swaddling your baby properly? 

Most babies do love being swaddled. The reason it is important to leave room for the hips and legs to kick is because too tight swaddling can cause developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) a serious condition in which the ball of the hip becomes dislocated from the socket.  Recent studies show that the popularity of swaddling is associated with a rise in DDH.  

There are safe ways to swaddle:  

Watch this video to learn hip-healthy methods to swaddle your baby

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