Children who are treated for hip dysplasia in infancy typically do not need braces, casts, or crutches when they are old enough to go to school. If you have an older child in treatment for hip dysplasia, discuss your child’s needs with the school. Your child’s doctor can provide medical documentation to help with this.
Public and (some) private schools offer medical support for children who have special medical needs, such as casts, braces, or crutches. Many schools have nurses or health aids at the school who can assist your child in the classroom and will help with mobility.
What educational programs are available if my child is unable to attend school for an extended period of time?
School districts have special programs that allow children to learn at home. These programs, called Hospital/Homebound Instruction require that the child meet certain eligibility criteria. This criteria includes being confined to home, a hospital, or a healthcare facility for medical reasons preventing normal school attendance for an extended period of time.
These programs differ from state to state and differ depending on the school district. To apply for Hospital/Homebound Instruction, contact your child’s school for the correct procedure and paperwork. Your child’s doctor can provide the school with the medical documentation needed. Your child’s school will determine whether Hospital/Homebound Instruction is the best education choice for your child.
What are the Physical Education (P.E.) requirements set by schools for older children?
These requirements depend on your school district and the age of the child. Elementary age students have less P.E. requirements than middle or high-school students. P.E. participation in the upper grades can affect a student’s overall school performance and requirements for graduation.
Let your child do whatever they can but don’t hold it against them if they can’t. Most children with hip dysplasia need some restriction immediately after surgery, but generally will not need any restrictions and will be allowed to participate in physical activity as they feel they are able.