Hip dysplasia affecting more then just the elderly

When you think about hip problems, senior citizens may come to mind.

But doctors say infants are at risk of developing serious joint problems because of something parents do to comfort their babies.

So, why is hip dysplasia showing up in more and more newborns?

Haley Marchsteiner is a bubbly six year old. She laughs, and plays games, and when things don't go her way. She still tries to have fun, even though she can't walk right now.

Haley was diagnosed with hip dysplasia at 18 months. All because of something her mom Melissa did when she was a baby.

Charles Price, MD Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon at the Arnold Palmer institute, says, "Tight swaddling with the legs out straight can actually dislocate a baby's hips."

Doctor Charles price says it's a big problem and with help from Larry the Cable Guy, he's spreading the word. Larry's son was diagnosed with hip dysplasia at just a few days old.

Studies show swaddling can reduce crying, and develop better sleep patterns in fussy babies - but when done wrong, it can do more harm than good.

Charles price, MD, says, "Unrecognized hip dysplasia is the most common cause of arthritis in young women."

To avoid the problem, babies should be wrapped so the legs are able to bend up and out at the hips.

Charles Price, MD, says, "When you swaddle put the blanket across top of the shoulder, she brought the arm down, this comes across and brings the arm down, she folds but there's plenty of room for the hips, and then tuck that under and make a nice little bundle."

Fresh out of a cast, Haley's had two surgeries to correct her hips. Melissa hopes new parents can learn from her mistakes. As for Haley, she can't wait to get out of this chair, and onto the playground.

Doctor Price runs the International Hip Dysplasia Institute in Orlando.

Larry the Cable Guy and his wife are major sponsors in the effort to promote early diagnosis and prevention.


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