Our Hip Dysplasia Journey- Hip Health Week

Last year I wouldn’t of had a clue that this week is Hip Health Week. But thanks to the amazing ‘hip‘ community online and Steps Charity, by Monday mid morning I was well aware of the important messages being shared.

Steps aim is to raise awareness of DDH amongst parents and health professionals of the vital need to check and care for babies hips correctly.

Even with all the knowledge of DDH I’ve tried to arm myself with since Aces diagnosis late last year, I was surprised what I’ve learnt this week so far.

For example, as you’ll see in the above poster, babies with a direct hereditary link should have an ultrasound BY 6 weeks of age. Ace, who does have a link, as I too had DDH, had his at 7 weeks, after being told he had to be at least 6 weeks old. Luckily it seems like his treatment is working, however, if it wasn’t, I would be devastated right now that crucial time had been wasted. If we do have another little one, I’ll certainly be putting my foot down and pushing for earlier detection.

Other causes of DDH

I’ve mentioned before that tight or incorrect swaddling can lead to DDH if baby already has even the slightest hip instability, as can wearing tight restrictive clothing such as denim skinny jeans and tight leggings. But, I wasn’t aware that too much time in a car seat can also be a factor. We are all aware of the 2 hour rule when driving, but how many of us bend the rules when attaching the seat to the pram when picking up the weekly shop? It’s another danger of car seats that we just don’t think or talk about.

Growing up

If your baby didn’t have DDH detected in the early days, you still need to have your wits about you as they get older. Steps recommend looking for the following signs-

1. Deep unequal creases in the buttocks or thighs.

2. When changing a nappy one leg does not seem to move outwards as fully as the other or both legs seem restricted

3. Your child crawls with one leg dragging.

4. One leg appears shorter than the other.

5. A limp if, one leg is affected, or abnormal ‘waddling’ walk, if both hips are affected.

If you spot these signs, see your GP who’ll refer them for further investigations.

Online community

There is so much being shared amongst the online ‘hip’ community that I’m sure hip health awareness will be at its peak this year. If you’ve just landed here for the first time, there’s lots of posts about our Hip Dysplasia journey which I hope you might find helpful. But in the meantime, please check out Steps Facebook page and share their posts. Hip dysplasia isn’t life threatening but without early detection, it can be life changing.

Sian x


For further support please email info@steps-charity.org.uk or call their office on 01925 750271.

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