BPN is now a 501(c)(3) non-profit and we are building a new website!
Read more, and see how you can help:
Berkeley Parents Network >
Advice about Health >
My 13 month old might have hip dysplasia and her pediatrician
recommends an x-ray, which I'm reluctant about. Does anyone have
experience with alternative therapies (chiropractic, feldenkreis,
etc.) for hip dysplasia?
Did the orthopedist recommend a brace for your child's hip dysplasia?
treatment did s/he recommend? If bracing was recommended (I'd think
early for surgery, as many kids outgrow hip dysplasia), why do you
reject that? You
do not want to mess around with developmental orthopedic or
because a permanent disfiguring and handicapping problem can be
prevented in the
early stages, while a child's bones and body are soft and small and
Developmental orthopedic problems must be treated within a certain
frame in the child's growth to prevent permanent disability and
could be accused of child neglect if you do not have your child treated
appropriately. This is not the same kind of issue as, say, whether or
not to give eye
ointment at birth, or even vaccination of children. This is much more
permanent, lasting consequences your child will have to live with the
rest of his/her
I had a developmental orthopedic deformity that was neglected and not
when I was young (idiopathic scoliosis) and by the time a competent
ahold of me it was too late. I had a severe, permanent disfigurement
always remain, was/is life threatening and stigmatizing. Deformed
exactly loved. It has negatively impacted my health, my body image, my
find a relationship. If my parents had have neglected me in this day
instead of the unenlightened 1960s, they would have been charged with
Please reconsider your position for your child's sake and don't push
western medicine, or whatever is motivating your avoidance of sound
advice, on your child.
I unfortunately didn't see your original post so I'm not sure
what your reason was for avoiding surgery or a brace. I had hip
dysplasia when I was a baby and my parents had to put a brace
on me for the first year or so. I think I only had to keep it
on when I was sleeping. I certainly don't remember it nor have
I had any hip problems since then. I guess it was a little bit
of a hassle for my parents to have to deal with but it is a lot
better than having your child grow up with hip problems. I have
a one and a half year old son and when he was born I was
concerned he would have hip dysplasia too. It turns out he
didn't, but if he had I would have certainly have followed my
doctor's advice and gotten him surgery or a brace.
mother who is glad she doesn't walk with a limp
Are there any parents of ''hip babies'' out there? My 16 month
old daughter has been in a hip brace since she was 4 months
old. Her left hip is now totally perfect. Her right hip is not
improving. We're possibly looking at a pelvic osteotomy when
she's 2. Anyone have any experience with this or with hip
dysplasia in general? I know of the hip-baby.org site, and to
be honest, it petrifies me. We see Dr. Townsend at the Union
City Kaiser, and we're not entirely pleased with him.
my daughter was diagnosed with hip displasia hours after she was born.
she ended up having to wear a rhino brace for the first 4 months of her
life, and was checked again around her first and second birthdays. she
has another appointment scheduled close to her 3rd birthday. while i
don't necessarily have specific advice i do want to recommend a second
opinion from our doctor, scott hoffinger. he is an orthopedic specialist
at children's hospital and from what i know, is one of the best in his
field. he has recommend waiting to do surgery on our daughter as he has
told us that it still has the potential to self-correct up to 4 yrs.
old. so we are waiting to see if it will correct itself on its own
without the surgery.
i would be happy to talk to you further if you have additional
Our daughter, now 3, has/had hip dysplasia in one hip. In her case, her
specialists seem to think it was not congenital and that the hip joint
slipped out about the time she was one.
Because of that, she never went the brace route. When she was 20 months
old, she had a pelvic osteotomy which was successful. The surgery is
complicated and not an easy one for your child (or for parents!). But
now, I'm happy and relieved to say, a year and a half later, the ball
and joint are positioned perfectly and growing properly. And if you saw
my daughter at the park now, you'd have no idea that she had been
through any of this - she can run, jump, and climb just like any 3 year
old. So have hope! I would recommend you see Dr. Scott Hoffinger at
Oakland Children's Hospital or Dr. Mohammad Diab at UCSF. Both are
excellent and the two best hip dysplasia surgeons/specialists in the Bay
Area. We ended up going with Dr. Hoffinger - he and his staff are top
notch and Children's is great. All the best to you and your daughter.
Hip Dysplasia Mom
Does anyone have expereince with a newborn diagnosed with
Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH)? With the harnesses
and the anxiety about managing a baby with this condition we
would love to speak with a parent who has gone through this
recently. Thank you.
My cousin's baby, a girl who was breech and delivered by cesarean,
had hip dysplasia. It's apparently common in breech females. She
wore the harness for several months, which was a source of anxiety
to the parents, because it made it harder to dress her, and she
didn't like it, etc. All those cute newborn-size clothes gone to
waste, too! But after the four months were up, it was over and
forgotten. She's three now and has absolutely no signs of
problems. Good luck, don't worry.
I haven't had a baby with hip dysplasia so I can't really share
your fears but thought my experience might be of some help to
you. At age 47 I recently saw an orthopedist for my
progressively 'achey' hip. An X-ray showed that I have hip
dysplasia and the orthopedist said that it is a congenital
defect. I have two teenagers and have learned over the years
that the more clear you are about things the less anxiety you
will feel. Take consolation in the fact that you are doing what
you have to do for your child's wellbeing. I know the harnesses
are often quite successful and will save your child lots of
future trouble! Concentrate on the love and try to let go of the
anxiety. (easier said than done, of course...)
Our daughter, now 13 mos. old, was breech, and was diagnosed with
congenital hip dysplasia by an ultrasound the day after she was
born. We were referred to Scott Hoffinger at Children's Hospital.
The ultrasound seemed to indicate shallow hip sockets, although
neither the pediatrician nor the orthopedist could dislocate her
hips. She was fitted with a brace (the ''Rhino Cruiser''!) which she
wore for about 12 weeks, first full-time, then only when sleeping.
At first it made the diaper changes that much more of a hassle,
but we soon got used to it. Our daughter's condition was followed
first by ultrasound, then by X-ray, until she was about 7 mos.
old. She seems to be doing fine now, but we'll have another X-ray
in another 6 mos. We're glad that she was in the brace early,
before she was mobile, so it didn't impact her as much. Our
pediatrician says that hip dysplasia can be pretty common in
girls, esp. breech girls. Good luck!
this page was last updated: Nov 25, 2008
The opinions and statements expressed on this website
are those of parents who subscribe to the
Berkeley Parents Network.
Disclaimer & Usage for
information about using content on this website.
Copyright © 1996-2014 Berkeley Parents Network