First of all it's AWESOME that it was picked up early <span class="emoticon smile">smile</span> Think positive!
DD2 has Hip Dysplasia. Her left hip completely dislocated. Every time her leg moved you'd hear a very loud THUNK. That was her leg dislocating <span class="emoticon sad">sad</span>
She was put in a Rhino Cruiser at 4 months. She'd rolled over for the first time 5 days before it was put on. It had to be on full time for the first 6 weeks and then they'd see what happens after that. We went back for her 6 week check up and it wasn't dislocated anymore but the joint wasn't curved enough so another 6 weeks with it able to come off for an hour a day (no more sponge baths!) and we have an appointment in a week and a half for it to come off! *Fingers crossed*
So 3 months in total. I guess it depends on what brace they use but there are photos of some children in braces that are walking! Kids are amazing! I said to DH the other day actually that if DD2 had to have this brace on any longer I swear she'd learn to roll in it. She's really starting to get some guts behind the push to roll. I've seen photos of kids walking in this particular brace too.
Again, depending on the brace, you could help her crawl in it.
These are pics of DD2's brace. Front and side.
It may look horrible when you're DD get's the brace on, I cried. But then it becomes normal. Just a pain in the bum. I don't notice the stares or comments anymore. At first I covered her in clothes and blankets and turned the pram to face me so nobody could see her to comment and then I thought, Stuff you all! Great BIG hugs <span class="emoticon smile">smile</span>
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