Developmental Hip Dysplasia (DDH) in children

Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH) can be diagnosed after birth or in infancy and describes a general looseness or instability of the hip.  This condition can range in severity, but is often treated and resolved by putting the baby in a Pavlik Harness, which keeps the hips stable and aligned as shown in the picture below.

Pavlik Harness – often used between birth and six months of age

If babies are treated with the harness in the first year of life, they often require no further treatment later on.  Other cases of DDH may need further or different treatment.  You can find out more about them here: Hip Dysplasia Institute Child Treatment Methods.

The charity Steps helps families of children with lower limb and foot conditions, and provides lots of useful information about DDH.

You can visit their forum here to get in touch with other families who have experienced this condition.

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