Social Situations and Childcare

What is the best way to handle how others might react to my child in a harness or cast?

Many people are curious when they see a baby or child with a medical condition that makes them look different. Some may stare or ask questions as to what happened and why. Having a simple rehearsed answer can make it easier to respond.

For instance, you might say something like, “My child has hip dysplasia, which means her hips are out of alignment. The harness (or brace, or cast) holds her hips at the best angle for them to get better.”

Can babies and children in treatment for hip dysplasia continue to go to childcare?

Yes. If your child has a babysitter or attends a child care center, explain your child’s care regarding the harness, brace, or cast as you would with any change in your child’s routine. It’s a good idea to demonstrate a diaper change to the childcare provider.

If your child is mobile, make sure that the childcare provider knows that, and understands what your child is able to do. Typically, it is okay for babies and children to crawl, stand, or walk while wearing a brace. Be sure to tell the childcare provider if your doctor specified any restrictions on your child’s movements such as not standing while wearing a spica cast.


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