Hip dysplasia and babywearing

Hip dysplasia and babywearing

15 Feb Hip dysplasia and babywearing

As parents are understanding the benefits of babywearing more and more parents are choosing to engage in babywearing. If you have been reading about babywearing you may have stumbled upon the term hip dysplasia. So, what is the connection between hip dysplasia and babywearing? Given that informed babywearing will ensure each moment spent with your little one is joyful, this post will address, hip dysplasia, an important topic in the relm of babywearing.

The most important step is to understand: What is hip dysplasia?

Misalignment or deformation of the hip joint is termed as hip dysplasia. Some hip dysplasia patients are born with this disorder while some develop it after birth.

What triggers hip dysplasia?

As babies stay in the fetal position in the womb for a long time, their knees and their hips are bent. After birth, the hip joint needs to be stretched out naturally. This is a slow process and it takes time. Trying to speed the process forcefully could result in hip dysplasia.

Who is at risk?

Babies under 6 months of age are at a greater risk of hip dysplasia as they have weak ligaments and their hips are under-developed.

What does healthy babywearing entail?

A healthy babywearing practice will really help your baby’s legs and hip joints to stretch out naturally. In order to facilitate the process, make sure your baby’s position meets the following conditions. The DOs include:

  • Legs: The legs should be spread apart and the hip should be comfortably resting on the fabric of your baby carrier.
  • Knees: Make sure your baby’s knees are bent and are placed higher than their hip. Your baby’s lower body should resemble a slightly spread apart M.
  • Thighs: The thighs should be supported to avoid straining the hip.

There are certain things, however, that you should keep in mind to avoid aggravating or triggering hip dysplasia. The DON’Ts include:

  • Force: Do not try to straighten you child’s leg by force.
  • Strain: Do not press the legs together.
  • Stress: Do not straighten your baby’s knee.

Also, babywearing is facilitated by a baby carrier. So, choosing the right carrier for you can make the world of a difference in your babywearing experience. Make sure you consider the following for an enjoyable babywearing experience:

  • Avoid carriers that restrain the baby’s legs.
  • Keep the newborn’s leg apart at all times.

Make sure you use an ergonomic carrier that ensures comfort for both you and baby. Enjoy a hip dysplasia free babywearing experience by closely following the DOs and DON’Ts.  

Linda Voon
linda.voon@mamaway.com
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