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Dysplasia of the hip Rss

I took my 2 month old son to get an ultrasound of hips today.He needed the ultrasound as he was born breeched and its routine for breech babies to have an ultrasound,anyway turns out his left hip is gliding out of the socket.Doctor has put him in a harness for 6 weeks which was a big shock to me.I have to take him back to hospital which is a 50 min drive to have a bath and put on a clean harness on every week.So just wondering if there is any huggie mums who have gone through this and what have advice u would give or any tips.Especially when it comes clothes cause i dont have a clue what i can put him into.I dont know of anyone who has gone through this so im a bit stressed at the moment.Thankyou if you got this far.


I took my 2 month old son to get an ultrasound of hips today.He needed the ultrasound as he was born breeched and its routine for breech babies to have an ultrasound,anyway turns out his left hip is gliding out of the socket.Doctor has put him in a harness for 6 weeks which was a big shock to me.I have to take him back to hospital which is a 50 min drive to have a bath and put on a clean harness on every week.So just wondering if there is any huggie mums who have gone through this and what have advice u would give or any tips.Especially when it comes clothes cause i dont have a clue what i can put him into.I dont know of anyone who has gone through this so im a bit stressed at the moment.Thankyou if you got this far.


Hi there, i can definately understand your stress. My little girl was 5.5 months when we took her to hospital on an unrelated matter... we were told she had a clunk in her hip and had ultrasound done...it showed she had dyspasia in both hips.. she was put in a pavlik harness and remained in it for 12 weeks..

for the first 6 weeks she had only sponge baths and weekly checkups to make sure harness was adjusted correctly but it was never taken off. After six weeks she had a bath weekly and a new harness put on.

This is a tough time and you will have many a mixed feeling. Rest assured that when the harness goes on the first few days may be absolutely horrible but it does get better.

You will get used to changing a nappy around the harness and because it is so hot i would be just whack a singlet on your little one with his nappy..Either that or really baggy pants.

Feel free to PM me anytime if you want someone to vent to...i had so much support from my friends..x
thanks for your reply,My son is in the pavlik harness as well.It has been so hot might just put nappy on with singlets.Silly me brought him new clothes for him last week,i dont think he is going to have a chance to wear them.Changing his nappy for the first time was very frustrating but we got there.Thanks once agian i will PM if i need to vent.I dont have many close friends.

Hi,

Sorry to hear about your little one.

Our daughter had hip dysplasia also hers was pick up the day after she was born and went into the pavlik harness when she was about 3 days old. She had to stay in it for 8 weeks with lots of checks and ultrasounds along the way. The doctor that we had was great about it and really put us at ease with it all. It is difficult at first but it does get easier. After 8 weeks in the harness and after more ultrasounds we were told all was good. He wanted to see her again once she started to walk. She started to walk at 14 months and all has been great. She is now 4 and you would never know that she had a problem.

Just try to remember that it is somehting that needs to be done and they won't remember it when they are older.

Good luck at least you have the change to bath your little one it was only sponge baths for my daughter for the 8 weeks.

Hope that you end up with a great result.

Mel


I have just found this topic. My DD2 has hip dysplasia and is currently in a pavlik harness. She was put into it at 8 weeks old for 6 weeks. She had some improvement but not enough, so it had to be kept on for another 3 months. We have an xray & specialist appointment in a couple of weeks so fingers crossed she can finally have it off. She's had to wear it for 24 hrs a day, sponge baths only, no baths at all!

When she first had it put on I was very emotional and struggled with finding breastfeeding positions, cuddling, etc, but it only took me a week or so to get over it. I remind myself that I am lucky it was picked up when she was young, and that it is totally fixable.

As for the clothes, I can't really help as I have a girl so she can wear dresses. Maybe if you could find some really plain skirts you could sew up the middle so they look like pants with really wide legs? Also, some of those little nappy pants are Ok as long as the elastic isn't too tight around the legs.

My advice is to ask as many questions as possible so you understand how good/bad your son's dysplasia is, and get copies of all his results. I didn't do this and it wasn't until I made contact via PM with another HUGGIES mum who discussed percentages and things like that that I realised I didn't know very much about it. PM me if you need anything else.
Hi there smile

Our DD1 has DHD, it was picked up at 2 weeks of age & she was put in a Brace for 6 months full-time (no baths), then for the following 6 months she had it on part-time (baths allowed). She coped really well with the brace, although she couldn't move from the chest down. I got used to it & the time flew by. She is nearly 4yrs old now & doing very well. She has check-ups every 4 months now & will until she stops growing.

At DD1's last check-up (3 weeks ago) they asked to check DD2's (10 months) hips & found that her left hip was completely dislocated & decided surgery was the best option. They operated within the week & now she is in a Spica Cast for the next 3 months sad It's 35 degrees here almost every day. She is going ok, she is understandably frustrated, especially as she had just taken her 1st steps that very week. But she is generally happy. I am going ok with it too, but it can be very hard.

Best wishes to you & I hope that everything goes well xox

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