My Baby’s Hip Dysplasia

Our Story.

Coping with my baby’s hip dysplasia wasn’t easy at first!  She was x-rayed when she was exactly 4 months old. Two days later our GP called & referred us to the hospital pediatric department. The doctor looked at the x-ray and said our daughter has severe hip dysplasia.

She was put into a brace right then and there.  Two weeks later, we saw a specialist at Crumlin hospital in Dublin.  Our daughter has had lots x-rays & appointments tracking her development since. It’s been a difficult, emotional journey.  My daughter was in a brace 24hrs a day 7 days a week for 3 months.  Then she graduated to wearing the brace 12hrs at night, with it off during the day, for another 4 months.

Today, my daughter is 2yrs & 4months old.  Her left hip is perfect, her right hip is still 4 degrees off.  She is no longer wearing a brace. The hope is that running and playing with help her hip come right itself the last little bit.   If my daughter’s hip doesn’t correct itself, she will need a surgery to fix it and will be casted afterward. The doctor is waiting until she is 4 or 5 to give her hip a chance to come right. We have graduated to yearly check-ups to track her progress.