In this article you will learn about the recovery period/healing time for congenital hip dislocation (CHD) or developmental dysplasia of the hip, splint usage, prevention, coping and prognosis for congenital hip dislocation (CHD) or developmental dysplasia of the hip.

Splint Usage for Congenital Hip Dislocation (CHD) or Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip

Recovery Period/Healing Time for Congenital Hip Dislocation (CHD) or Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip

Keep in touch with your doctor regularly for the complete recovery period or healing time. During the recovery period/healing process, in children diagnosed with congenital hip dislocation (CHD) or developmental dysplasia of the hip a brace/ body cast is needed for keeping the hipbone and the joint.

After treatment of congenital hip dislocation (CHD) or developmental dysplasia of the hip, X-rays and other follow-ups that are regular are needed until, the child has grown completely.

Prognosis for Congenital Hip Dislocation (CHD) or Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip

The prognosis for congenital hip dislocation (CHD) or developmental dysplasia of the hip is very good. If the doctor identifies congenital hip dislocation (CHD) or developmental dysplasia of the hip in early stages and Pavlik harness is used, invasive or complicated treatment are unlikely to be necessary. The rigorousness of the condition dictates the success of the treatment but approximately 80-90% of identified cases are successful in early detection.

The success varies in surgical treatments. In some cases on surgical procedure is needed whereas in others many surgeries may be needed and monitoring.

Following a successful treatment of congenital hip dislocation (CHD) or developmental dysplasia of the hip, your child will continue visiting regularly the orthopedic specialist to ensure that the condition does not recur and that there is normal development and growth of the hip.

Splint Usage for Congenital Hip Dislocation (CHD) or Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip

Splints are used for babies with congenital hip dislocation (CHD) or developmental dysplasia of the hip.

  • The splint is going to be holding the hip in the normal hip position for maximum development during congenital hip dislocation (CHD) or developmental dysplasia of the hip.
  • The physiotherapist will put on the splint, after which how to take care of the baby with the splint is explained. All the time the splint must be in the right position. It must not be taken off even during bathing.
  • Normal development of your baby is not altered by wearing of the splint for congenital hip dislocation (CHD) or developmental dysplasia of the hip.
  • The right position of the baby's hip is ensured through an ultrasound when the splint is still on and after taking it off. This will be a way of assuring that the socket (acetabulum) develops normally.

Immediate treatment after birth, normal hip development is attainable, further treatment will not be required and the life of your child will be active and normal.

In case the hip does not stay in position in the splint, surgery might be necessary or if the age of the child is over six months and the congenital hip dislocation (CHD) or developmental dysplasia of the hip is detected.

Prevention of Congenital Hip Dislocation (CHD) or Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip

Congenital hip dislocation (CHD) or developmental dysplasia of the hip is unpreventable. Regular check-ups are necessary for your child. The doctor will discern and treat the condition in the initial stages. It is worth verifying that the doctor examines your baby for dislocation signs prior to you leaving the hospital post-delivery.

The risk of slowed development of the hips might occur in the event that the baby with congenital hip dislocation (CHD) or developmental dysplasia of the hip is spending a lot of time wrapped tightly with the legs swaddled (pressed together). This risk can be reduced by using 'hip healthy' swaddling guides. Ensure that your baby can freely move their hips for them to kick.

Coping with Congenital Hip Dislocation (CHD) or Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip

Coping is not easy when you have a baby with congenital hip dislocation (CHD) or developmental dysplasia of the hip. The fact that congenital hip dislocation (CHD) or developmental dysplasia of the hip is treatable, people always tend to take presumption that you ought to take it lightly but it is one of the hard things to do sometimes. Apart from the worry for the child, there are constant doctor visits, expenses, and life changes from the normal routine experienced by other parents.

You feel sad because you expected a soft and normal baby. You can feel resentful towards mothers with perfect babies. Even clothes of a pretty baby will not be fitting suddenly.

Regardless of the duration for treatment takes for congenital hip dislocation (CHD) or developmental dysplasia of the hip, how you feel is real and it matters largely.

Seeing your baby undergo treatment for congenital hip dislocation (CHD) or developmental dysplasia of the hip might be hard to watch sometimes. Crying, lashing out and screaming are common during examination. Your baby might prove uncomfortable in the Spica Cast, harness or brace.

What to be done after your baby is diagnosis of congenital hip dislocation (CHD) or developmental dysplasia of the hip:

  • Ensure the diagnosis for congenital hip dislocation (CHD) or developmental dysplasia of the hip is correct:
  • If during the exam, a hip click is found by the pediatrician during the exam or something else. It will not imply congenital hip dislocation (CHD) or developmental dysplasia of the hip of your child immediately.
  • Act swiftly to get a second opinion, nevertheless, a couple of weeks will be of no difference since this is not an emergency matter.
  • Diagnosis of six weeks to six months babies can be relied upon the use of ultrasound.
  • After six months, an X-ray is usually preferred. It is safe to use modern X-rays for children. During a visit to the orthopedic surgeon, he/ she can perform X-ray task.
  • Congenital hip dislocation (CHD) or developmental dysplasia of the hip treatment and diagnostic experienced doctors are preferred. In general, it is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon.
  • You can calm your fears and go through the treatment process less confusingly if you learn more about hip dysplasia.

Connecting with Other Parents whose babies are having the condition of Congenital Hip Dislocation (CHD) or Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip

There are avenues where people will help you and the level of usefulness to you varies. Some groups online especially for parents with babies with congenital hip dislocation (CHD) or developmental dysplasia of the hip have a good history of helping parents who are seeking encouragement and advice from parents who are undergoing the same successes and challenges. Psychiatrist, primary care physician, pediatrician or a caring relative or friend are people you can talk to. Be thankful for the following:

  • In most cases, congenital hip dislocation (CHD) or developmental dysplasia of the hip is successfully treated. Your child will be able to take part in sports and play as they grow owing to good results.
  • Even if the hip is dislocated or unstable, congenital hip dislocation (CHD) or developmental dysplasia of the hip is not usually causing pain in infants.
  • The likelihood of discovering congenital hip dislocation (CHD) or developmental dysplasia of the hip in time key to the treatment is addressed.
  • Doctor is aware of the congenital hip dislocation (CHD) or developmental dysplasia of the hip because it is a common condition due to its commonality involving various degrees involving most doctors.
  • Congenital hip dislocation (CHD) or developmental dysplasia of the hip usually is unaccompanied by another condition and thus there is not cause false alarm of another condition.

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Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD, FFARCSI

Last Modified On: May 24, 2016

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
  Note: Information provided is not a substitute for physician, hospital or any form of medical care. Examination and Investigation is necessary for correct diagnosis.

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