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Hips - developmental dysplasia of the hip in babies

hips; dislocation; dysplasia; pelvis; click; clicky; DDH; CDH; ;

Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH) is the name used to describe a range of ways a baby’s hip might not develop normally. In the past the name Congenital Dislocation of the Hip (CDH) was often used, but not all hip joints that are growing abnormally are dislocated. Dysplasia means growing abnormally.

Having an unstable or dislocated hip will cause problems in later life if it is not treated.

More information

Raising Children Network (Australian Government) 

Pregnancy, birth and baby Pregnancy, Birth and Baby is a national Australian Government service providing support and information for expecting parents and parents of children, from birth to 5 years of age. 

Better Health Channel (Victorian Government) 


Wrapping babies

For normal hip joint development legs need to be able to bend at the hips with knees apart. Don’t wrap legs straight. Wrapping should allow for free movement of the legs.

The topic 'Wrapping babies safely' shows how to wrap a baby so that the legs are able to bend at the hips.

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