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Improper swaddling a risk factor for developmental dysplasia of hip

Swaddling has many benefits and has grown in popularity among U.S. parents. However, traditional swaddling as practiced in many cultures with the legs fully extended and wrapped together can cause hip subluxation and dislocation (see Figure 1). This has been known for decades, long before swaddling was widely practiced in North America.

The AAP Section on Orthopaedics has teamed up with the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) and the International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI) to promote “hip-healthy swaddling.”

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