It’s amazing how a little bit of information can make things seem so much better.
As per my last post, an ultrasound has shown that our little breech baby is the one in 50 babies that have his dysplaysia. I guess that proves that, despite my mixed background, she is a pure-breed!
We’re now waiting for Princess Margaret Hospital to contact us for when we can get a consult with the team there to find out more. We haven’t been given a lot of information other than she will have to wear a brace for a while to help move her hips into place, and I guess more will be revealed once we get that consult.
Thankfully, one of my wonderful friends recently heard a podcast from ABC’s Babytalk program where they talked with the founder of Healthy Hips Australia.
Like us, Sarah Twomey’s child was born with hip dysplaysia, and her second one developed it a little later on. Despite being an occupational therapist, there wasn’t a good single source of information around about the condition, despite it being around a 1 in 50 occurrence in Western Australia. So she set up Healthy Hips Australia, which is aimed at raising awareness about infant hip dysplaysia, and more generally equipping parents to look after their children’s hips.
It was an enlightening podcast to say the least, and after listening to it and checking out Healthy Hips’ website, I feel a lot better about the journey ahead for our baby. And it feels less isolating.
My main takeaway was that, on average, a baby with dysplaysia may only need to wear the brace for 6-12 weeks. Given that our baby’s one has been caught early, she should hopefully be on the lower end of that.
Another thing that I never knew about was that babies can develop hip problems if they aren’t swaddled correctly. The basic premise is that while swaddles should be tight around the baby’s arms and torso, they could be looser around the hips and legs, to allow them to come up into the ‘frog’ position.
Similarly, sleeping bags should allow the legs to move up into that position, as should any slings or harnesses you carry your baby in. This isn’t only an issue for kids that have already been identified with hip dysplaysia, but can also help prevent it in other babies.
I must also give a massive shout-out to many of my friends and family who have sent messages of support since my last post. To be honest, that one was pretty raw and may have sounded a little bleak, but we’re in a good space about it. Knowing more about the condition now helps to take out some of the feelings of anxiety and helplessness.
By the way, if you’re a new parent and a bit of a podcast junkie like me, ABC Babytalk has a stack of great ones on various topics. Get around it!