Early treatment from birth to 6 months
In the UK alone, up to 2000 children a year are diagnosed with Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH), which describes a range of conditions from mild instability to total dislocation of the hip. Early detection means DDH can often be corrected by a simple outpatient treatment but a later, or missed diagnosis can leave a child requiring hospitals stays, operations and potentially a permanent disability.
Although you probably don’t feel it at the initial diagnosis you have been ‘lucky’ that your baby has been given the opportunity to receive early treatment. From birth to six months, babies with developmental dysplasia of the hip are usually fitted with a special fabric harness, the most common type being the Pavlik harness. The baby needs to wear the harness for several weeks and in most cases this will correct the condition.
For more information about the Pavlik harness and how to care for your baby please read The Parents’ Guide to caring for a child in a Pavlik Harness.
Your consultant will discuss your baby’s progress at each appointment and if he feels that the hips are not developing in the normal way even with treatment such as the Pavlik harness, he will discuss future treatment options with you at this point as each baby is different.
If further treatment is required please contact our Helpline on 01925 750271 (Monday – Friday 9.30am to 4pm) or email us for confidential advice and support.
You may also find it useful to take a look at our section Later treatment for DDH