Jun 072012
 

Every year thousands of babies are affected by hip dysplasia, a condition that happens, when children are born with the hip out of the socket, or when the bones of the hip joint are not aligned properly. This condition prevents the hip joint from functioning correctly, which in return makes the joint wear out much faster. If hip dysplasia is left undetected, it can lead to hip arthritis, and may lead to a necessary hip replacement.

Pediatric Orthopedist Dr. Charles Price at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and head of the International Hip Dysplasia Institute offers the following information about hip dysplasia, and he draws a connection between incorrect swaddling and hip dysplasia.

Q: Can Hip Dysplasia be prevented? What can be done?

A: The earlier hip dysplasia is detected, the easier it is to correct without surgery. Orthopedists have recently discovered a connection between hip dysplasia and tight swaddling. Swaddling an infant has many positive effects, but unfortunately many parents are taught to swaddle the baby’s entire body to create a tight cocoon. The restriction of movement in the lower half of the body can lead to post-natal hip dysplasia.

Q: How does undetected hip dysplasia manifest itself later in life?

A: Hip Dysplasia can be a “silent” condition meaning that pain is not normally felt until much later in life. Undetected or “hidden” hip dysplasia is the most common cause of hip arthritis in young women under the age of 50. It also accounts for about 10% of all total hip replacements in the U.S. each year, or approximately 35,000 from hip dysplasia.

Q: Where can I learn more?

A: For additional information on hip dysplasia, including safe swaddle tips and how to recognize the condition in your child, visit www.hipdysplasia.org.

Check out this video with Pediatric Orthopedist Dr. Charles Price, where he teaches how to swaddle properly and provides important information about hip dysplasia.

 

Risk factors for hip dysplasia:

  • Family history of hip dysplasia
  • Breech position in the womb
  • Prolonged or frequent tight swaddling with the legs straight
  • Twisted neck or foot
  • Birth weight more than 8 lbs 13 oz
  • Mother more than 35 years old
  • Hip click

 

Signs To Look For When Checking For Hip Dysplasia:

  • Uneven buttocks creases where one crease is higher than the other
  • When changing diapers, one or both legs don’t spread out as fully as they
  • should.
  • A consistent clicking or bumping sensation when changing diapers
  • One leg appears shorter than the other
  • An extra crease is noticed on the inside of the thigh suggesting that the thigh is thicker and shorter than it should be. This is more noticeable, if only one side is involved.

You can help your baby have healthy hips by recognizing risk factors, keeping your doctor appointments, and protecting your baby’s hips without swaddling the legs too tightly in the first few months of life.

Your pediatrician is trained in methods to examine a baby’s hips to detect hip dysplasia. When in doubt, ask him/her to check the hips carefully. Hip dysplasia does not cause pain or keep your baby from sitting, crawling, and walking at a normal age.

After walking age you may notice:

  • Your child stands and walks with one foot on tiptoes with the heel off the
  • floor (because of difference in leg lengths)
  • Visible limping on one side
  • If both sides are involved, there will be a waddling gait that is more
  • exaggerated than a normal baby and excessive sway back posture in addition to the waddling gait.

 

Despite having three children already, I still find myself a bit confused when it comes to swaddling, and when I return home from the hospital with my little one, I am always afraid that I am swaddling my newborn the wrong way. After three children, and three different hospitals, I have learned how to swaddle my newborn on many occasions, but I still don’t feel confident in my swaddling technique.

There are many ways to swaddle babies by using regular blankets, but HALO now offers an alternative with the HALO SleepSack Swaddle. To make Swaddling hip healthy, the legs need ample room for bending and movement from the hip, and the HALO SleepSack Swaddle provides a perfect hip healthy environment. There is no longer any confusion, because swaddling your newborn with the HALO SleepSack Swaddle is easy, simple and hip healthy.

 

Halo SleepSack

 

I am a huge fan of the HALO SleepSacks, because not only do these comfortable sleepsacks help prevent SIDS by keeping comforters and blankets out of the crib, they also help protect against hip dysplasia. The HALO SleepSacks Swaddler is made of 100 percent cotton, they are machine washable, and they are perfectly soft.

 

Halo SleepSack Swaddler

 

The HALO SleepSack Swaddler is extremely easy to use, just see the video above for clear instructions. However, just in case you are still confused HALO has you covered, and let’s face it you might just be at 4:12 AM, when your baby wakes up fuzzy. Inside of the HALO SleepSack Swaddler is a picture that shows you the two ways of swaddling with the HALO SleepSack Swaddler, it simply does not get any easier than that.

 

 How To Swaddle Instructions

 

For More Information

For more information on hip dysplasia, including safe swaddle tips and how to recognize the condition in your child, visit www.hipdysplasia.org. You can also learn more about the HALO Sleepsack at the HALO website, and you can purchase the HALO SleepSack Swaddle  at Amazon.com, or at your local baby store.

 

 

Win It

To help everyone swaddle safely, HALO Innovations is offering a Halo Sleepsack Swaddle, which is considered “hip healthy” to one of Frugality Is Free’s readers.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

This giveaway will end Wednesday July 11th at Midnight. EST.  

The giveaway is open to US residents, 18 years old or older – only one entrant per household. I will chose the winner via Random.org, and the winner will be notified by e-mail. Make sure to leave your email, or have your contact available on your blogger profile. The winner will have 48 hours to respond, and if there is no response another winner will be chosen. No P.O Boxes.

Disclaimer: The information, prize and sample was provided by HALO. I received a complimentary HALO SleepSack Swaddle for the purpose of writing a review and hosting a giveaway, no monetary compensation was received. Any opinions expressed above are based solely on my experience with the HALO SleepSack Swaddle.

  73 Responses to “Learn About Hip Dysplasia & Win The Halo SleepSack Swaddle Giveaway”

  1. […] HALO SleepSack Swaddle Giveaway – 7/11 […]

  2. Visited and learned Hip Dysplasia in children (DDH) – is commonly referred to as Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH), approximately 1 out of every 20 full-term babies has some hip instability and 2-3 out of every 1,000 infants will require treatment

  3. It is also a “silent” condition that means pain is not normally felt until much later stages, making it harder to detect.

  4. It’s a warm, cuddly blanket that baby can’t kick off to help baby sleep safe and sound.

  5. […] HALO SleepSack Swaddle Giveaway – 7/11 […]

  6. Hip dysplasia is easier to correct without surgery when it is detected early on.

  7. HALO SleepSack Swaddle blankets are safer than regular blankets and reduce SIDS.

  8. It is a SILENT condition that means pain is not normally felt until much later stages, making it harder to detect.

  9. I learned that 1 out of every 20 full-term babies has some hip instability. I had no idea!

  10. 2-3 out of every 1,000 infants will require treatment.

  11. I learned that Hip Dysplasia in adults – is the most common cause of hip arthritis.

  12. I learned that approximately 1 out of every 20 full-term babies has some hip instability and 2-3 out of every 1,000 infants will require treatment.

  13. I learned that Halo is the #1 trusted choice of hospitals and parents alike.

  14. learned that it is a lot more common than i thought

  15. A 2008 study from Norway showed that more than 90% of these young adult cases cannot be diagnosed in childhood by current methods of screening

  16. Halo Innovations donates a portion of all SleepSack wearable blanket sales to First Candle/SIDS Alliance and the Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infact Deaths

  17. I learned that 1 out of 20 babies have some hip instability

  18. […] HALO SleepSack Swaddle Giveaway – 7/11 […]

  19. One of each 20 babies has hip instability.

  20. Halo also sells a sleepsack crib set.

  21. i learned 2 to 3 out of every 1k babies require treatment for it!

  22. I had not even heard of it before reading this. I am shocked regarding it because I know we were always taught to swaddle super tight. Thank you

  23. About 1/20 full-term babies has some hip instability and 2-3 out of every 1,000 infants will need some sort of treatment.

  24. I visited HALOS website, I had never heard of sleep sacks or wearable blankets so I was excited to hear/learn about them.

  25. […] HALO SleepSack Swaddle Giveaway – 7/11 […]

  26. I learned that incorrect swaddling can make hip dysplasia worse

  27. Hip Dysplasia.affects thousands of children each year and cause the joint to wear out faster than normal

  28. Learned Approximately 1 out of every 20 full-term babies has some hip instability and 2-3 out of every 1,000 infants will require treatment.

  29. I learned that 1 in 20 full term babies have hip dysplasia

  30. I learned that swaddling incorrectly can cause hip displasia.

  31. Hip Dysplasia prevents the hip joint from functioning properly and the joint wears out much faster than normal

  32. Halo SleepSacks were created by Bill Schmid after losing a child to SIDS.

  33. I learned that these blankets help reduce SIDS over regular blankets.

  34. Hip dysplasia can be prevented (but not 100%) – we need to increase awareness and continue to provide education on safe swaddling.

  35. HALO is committed to safety – the SleepSack will not cover a baby’s face while sleeping. I also really enjoyed learning from their Safe Sleep Tips for babies. Great product with a very informative site!

  36. […] HALO SleepSack Swaddle Giveaway – 7/11 […]

  37. According to the FDA, a routine x-ray like those used for baby hips requires a dose of 0.001 mSv (millisievert) which is almost negligible. By comparison, normal background radiation from our natural surroundings is about 3 mSv a year. So, there is little added risk from routine x-rays even in babies.
    Thanks
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  38. 1 out of 20 babies have hip Dysplasia

  39. 2-3 out of 1,000 babies will need treatment for hip dysplasia.

  40. 1 out of every 20 full-term babies has some hip instability

  41. Hip dysplasia is the most common cause of hip arthritis in adults.

  42. Hip Dysplasia prevents the hip joint from functioning properly and the joint wears out much faster than normal, much like a car’s tires will wear out faster when out of alignment.
    🙂

  43. I learned that it is a “silent” condition in which you don’t feel pain til it’s progressed over time.

  44. I learned that it’s a “silent” condition and the pain won’t be felt until much later in life

  45. I learned that they have new Halo® Two Piece Gift Set Cotton (I personally love it in the Sage)

  46. I learned that even adults can get hip displasia

  47. Learned that 2-3 out of every 1,000 infants will require treatment.

  48. I learned that pain is not a symptom until later on

  49. i learned that approximately 1 out of every 20 full-term babies has some hip instability.

  50. i learned that the halo sleepsack can reduce the risk of SIDS

  51. Hip Dysplasia means that the bones of the hip joint are not aligned correctly.

  52. The unique HALO® SleepSack® wearable blanket replaces loose blankets in the crib that can cover your baby’s face and interfere with breathing.

  53. i learned it is also known as Loose Hips

  54. it affects thousands of adults and children yearly

  55. If you detect it early enough, you don’t need surgery.

  56. Hip Dysplasia means that the bones of the hip joint are not aligned correctly

  57. I learned that 1/20 full term babies have hip dysplasia.

  58. I like that they teach babies to sleep an extra 1-3 hours a night. Thank yu

  59. I have learned that you cannot 100% prevent it, but there are things you can do to help. Thanks!!!

  60. I learned that approximately 1 out of every 20 full-term babies has some hip instability and 2-3 out of every 1,000 infants will require treatment. I had no idea this even existed.

  61. I learned that approximately 1 out of every 20 full-term babies has some hip instability and 2-3 out of every 1,000 infants will require treatment.

  62. From the Halo website I learned: Never dress your baby too warmly for sleep; keep room temperature 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit.

  63. Hip Hip Dysplasia is where the hip bones are not aligned correctly
    melissalucky43@yahoo.com

  64. I learned that Hip Dysplasia prevents the hip joint from functioning properly and the joint wears out much faster than normal

  65. I learned that hip dysplasia is the most common cause of hip arthritis. :/

  66. I had no idea about hip dysplasia and that it affected babies. I would love to win this swaddle sack for my new baby, now just to help with peace of mind 🙂

  67. 1 out of every 20 full-term babies has some hip instability

  68. I learned that the founder Bill Schmid and his wife lost their first born to SIDS.

  69. I learned that Larry the Cable Guy’s son Wyatt had hip dysplasia as an infant.

  70. Halo has a blog named Crib Notes

  71. 1 out of every 20 full-term babies has some hip instability

  72. I learned that you normally don’t know about it until the later stages.

  73. […] The winner of the Halo SlepSack Swaddle Giveaway is: […]

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