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Our Newest Addition (Part Two)

One of the notes on little C's release paperwork from the hospital was a noted "hip clicking" sound. So at that first visit with our pediatrician she checked out his hips and ordered an ultrasound. We had the ultrasound done when little C was four weeks old.

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.

19 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your story! My daughter was breech, therefore born via c-section. I remember after she was born, they checked her hips at every appointment. We also had to go in for an ultrasound as a precaution. We were fortunate that she does not have the condition. I am glad you caught it early. That is great news that it's so correctable! :-)

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  2. We went to primary childrens to get my seconds looked at when she was a newborn. she was breech (folded completely in half with her butt down), and she had one side that wasn't all the way cupped like it should be but not bad enough to do anything about it. She had some problems with delays in everything (she didn't sit up until 9 1/2 months, didn't crawl until 11 1/2 months and didn't walk until 18 months)but now is great. Hope everything works out for you and your little guy1

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  3. I will be praying for you all! I was born with hip dysplasia. Back then, the doctors didn't have as good of procedures as they do now! I had to wear a metal brace and my parents were told I may never walk. I'm here to tell you my God's greater than any of that. I went on to walk, play basketball and softball, and have 3 children of my own. It hasn't always been easy and it does put limitations on things at time, but he will get through this and be one awesome little boy! Congratulations! He's precious!

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  4. Boy times have changed! I had/have the same exact problem when I was born.... My mom kept taking me back to the doctor but of course "there was nothing wrong 'she' was a nervous mother and 'I' was a cranky baby". They found out months later what it was. I was in a cast, not a sling for 18 months, then a brace. He looks like he is going to do GREAT! They caught it early and he is an amazing little addition! Congrats again!

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  5. My daughter was born with Hip Dysplacia and the pediatrician heard it right in the delivery room! I was devastated to have to put her in the Pavlik at that point (she went in at 2 weeks)but looking back I am so thankful for it. (Seeing C in that picture brought back so many memories.)
    Thought I'd let you know that she is 9 now and you would NEVER know she has issues. They told us at age 2 and again at 4 that they healed perfectly and we don't even have to have them checked anymore!!
    So glad they caught it early and you should have the same results!! :)

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  6. i almost had that with my daughter. when she was born they heard a slick click but then we checked up on it, it ended up being nothing. i was very grateful. i'm glad you caught it early. he is in good hands with you =) good luck!

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  7. Thank you for sharing your story. My daughter had the same thing and it was diagnosed right after birth.She wore the pavlik brace till 6-7 months then around 1year old was put into a body cast from the bellybutton down to above the ankles a total of 12 weeks with removal of cast at 6weeks then a new one went on. It with was rough in the begining but with help from Childrens Hospital in Pittsburgh and a web site for kids with hip displaysia it all worked out well. Today my baby girl is 6 yrs old and a orange belt in karate. We still go for visits with are ortohpedic specialist matter of fact next Friday we go for a checkup.

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  8. My daughter had the same thing-they caught it right at the hospital and fitted her with her harness before we left. She wore hers for about 3 months 24/7 and then another couple months at night. She was just a touch behind with her milestones of rolling, crawling, walking but today she's 7 and runs like the wind. :-)


    We called her our little toad when she had her harness on because with the legs drawn up they look like they're ready to hop away.

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  9. 29 years ago I was born with it and also had to wear a brace on my hips until I was almost one years old. I also went to Shriners as a baby.I was a active child and am an active adult as well, with occasional hip pain with a lot of extreme activity. Good luck with your newest little bundle of joy. I am sure that he will recover fully and you will have an busy baby/toddler on your hands in no time!

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  10. My second daughter had that same condition. We're not sure why either because she wasn't breech, and she was my second girl. We had her put in hers at Primary Childrens Hospital when she was 2 weeks old. Seeing that picture brought back so many memories. She still has check-ups every few years, but she's 6 now and doing great. She had to be in hers 24/7 for about 3 months, but it's so worth it to get it fixed now. I thought I would die when she was first out in it - she cried non-stop for hours, but you do what you got to do. Congrats on your new addition. He's a cutie!

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  11. I knew someone who had this happen to their little boy. And while he was in the sling, he also had to have a helmet. Small miracles. Thank goodness it is something they can fix.

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  12. Jenn~ You, your husband, your children, baby c, and baby c's family have all been blessed. I wish you all of the joy and happiness in the world. There is no doubt that baby c will never want for love!

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  13. What a blessing. Congratulations!

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  14. Add me to the list. 30 years ago my parents (actually my great grandpa figured it out first) discovered that my leg wasn't in the socket. The first doctor wanted to drill pins into my legs and put me in a full body cast for two years. Thankfully my parents didn't feel right about it and drove the 8 hours to have me see at Shriner's/Primary's (my doc worked at both). I was put in the frog suit. I remember my last trip to SLC to see my doc when I was twelve. He told me my "hips were perfect and he never wanted to see (me) again." Since then, I ran cross-country and track in high school. I SCUBA dive. I've married and given birth to five children. When I'm pregnant, my hip aches. That's the only time it ever bothers me.

    You know, I've been meaning to write Dr Stevens and tell him thank you. This is a good reminder to do that.

    Congrats on your beautiful, perfect baby. He's amazing.

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  15. I have been following your blog on and off for awhile now. Mostly because I have FOUR girls, every now and then they ask for something new in their hair :)
    But now I am so excited about your new adventure! I am sure this little guy is such a blessing to your family. I don't have experience with hip dysplasia but I have heard of it. You might be interested to know that having the proper carrier (not carseat, think front-pack) can HELP cases of hip dysplasia! Take a look at this article, the pictures have helped me "see" exactly why certain carriers are good and others are not.
    May God bless you richly for caring for the least of these <3

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  16. ...and I forgot the link :/
    http://dinkerandgiggles.com/safe-babywearing-hip-health-illustrated-guide/

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  17. Congratulations! Don't worry DDH is not a serious condition if treated early. I am a physiotherapist and I know its prognosis. Just follow the doctors/therapists orders and everything will be fine. How old is he now?

    J. Harp @ round brush

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  18. He's so cute!!! I've been out of the bloggy mode so long I didn't even know you had a baby! Congratulations! Great website!!!

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  19. My daughter had this when she was born. On both her hips. She did the harness until she was about 6 months. She is now 12 and is perfect! The treatment is a godsend.

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