Safe Swaddling

Did you know there’s a direct connection between incorrect swaddling and hip dysplasia? Swaddling an infant has many positive effects, such calming a crying baby and soothing pain in infants. Unfortunately, many parents are taught to swaddle the baby’s entire body to create a tight cocoon. However, this restriction of movement in the lower half of the body can lead to post-natal hip dysplasia.

The most common infant abnormality, hip dysplasia results when the top of the femur bone is not properly located in the hip socket or is loose in the hip socket. The condition is most common in breech birth babies, firstborn girls and when there is a genetic predisposition or family history of the dysplasia. If diagnosed early and with proper care, this condition can usually be reversed.

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