May 4, 2012

Babies Need Leg Room in Blanket

1 Tight Swaddling Bad for Baby’s Hips

Pediatric orthopedic surgeons are seeing a growing number of hip dysplasia cases in infants and believe it is due to parents swaddling there bundle of joy too tightly. Many moms wrap their babies tightly in a blanket so they feel secure, but that prevents the baby from flexing their legs so they can strengthen their joints which were loosened by mom’s hormones during labor. Southampton Hospital in the U.K. finds that about five percent of the babies they screen weekly have some type of hip instability. Treatment involves keeping their legs bent for six weeks and works for the most infants but some end up with permanent hip damage. With tight swaddling becoming en vogue again, orthopedics are worried they will see more cases and stress that education on how to swaddle properly is critical.

More at The Telegraph | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Dietary Protein Helps Prevent Hip Fractures

Tags: Swaddling, Hip Problems in Infants, Hip Dysplasia, Healthy Baby

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