Our Newest Addition (Part Two)
They did an ultrasound on his hips and discovered that he has Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH). This is a chronic condition effecting the hip and femur bone. Its most common in first born daughters (the mothers hormones effect girls) or kids that are born breach. Little C was neither, so there is no reason why he has this condition. What happened is his hips sockets did not develop in his mothers womb and his femur bone has nowhere to sit, therefore no where to develop properly.
Treatment is done by getting the baby into a sling/Pavlik harness between weeks 4-6 of the child's life. It is most effective if started in that time frame. I believe I read somewhere (or was told by C's doctor) that the success rate for kids who start in this time frame and wear the harness 24/7 is 85-95% effective. THAT IS GREAT!!! However, for the rest of C's life we will have to monitor the growth of his legs and the development of his hips to make sure they are healing correctly. He will most likely have the harness on for three months total. He's had it on for three weeks already. There has been some improvement and that is great news.
I am THANKFUL that we caught this so quick and got his treatment started. I am THANKFUL for those fabulous people at Shriners Hospital who are treating him and will be treating him for the next 16+ years! I am thankful for the Internal Hip Dysplasia Institute for putting out such an informative site for those of us who are working through this condition. I am also THANKFUL for your patience while we have slow times here at Girly Do's while we work through everything. Posting may be slow at times, but I will keep posting new things for you.
I had no idea how delicate hips were for these babies. This is my fourth baby and this is the first time I have ever heard about this condition. But I wanted to tell you about it and make sure you know about these causes listed at this AWESOME website, because it is not always something a baby/child is born with. Please take a second and go read up on Little C's condition and educate yourself about things you might need to change to protect your little ones hips! You only get one set of hips--- take care of them.