In the UK alone, up to 2000 children a year are diagnosed with Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH), which describes a range of conditions from mild instability to total dislocation of the hip. Early detection means DDH can often be corrected by a simple outpatient treatment, but a later, or missed diagnosis can leave a child requiring hospital stays, operations and potentially a permanent disability. STEPS
Baby Hip Health Awareness Week is from Saturday 10th -17th March and helps raise awareness of DDH. As part of Baby Hip Health Week 2012, the national charity STEPS is calling for parents and professionals to learn how to position their babies correctly to help prevent hip dysplasia.
Teaming up with the International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI) STEPS is releasing two parent friendly leaflets on hip healthy swaddling and using baby equipment in a hip friendly way. Diagrams show correct and incorrect positioning for car seats and baby harnesses and slings and show correct swaddling methods.
To help put STEPS and DDH on the public agenda, the charity is also asking people to hold a ‘Put the Kettle On’ event during Baby Hip Health Week to help raise funds for their fantastic work.
You can find full information and links to the two leaflets on their website www.steps-charity.org.uk