Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Developmental dysplasia of the hip, or DDH, happens in newborns. It occurs when the ball of the hip joint is not in its socket. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

In babies and children with developmental dysplasia of the hip, or DDH, the hip joint has not formed normally. The ball is loose in the socket and may be easy to dislocate.

Although DDH is most often present at birth, it may also develop during a childs first year of life. The cause is not known, but DDH is more common in breech babies, first-born babies and baby girls. It also runs in families.

Your doctor can usually feel it when checking your babys hips in the first few hours after he or she is born. An ultrasound may be needed to get a picture of the hip. Sometimes the problem cant be felt at birth. Your doctor should check your childs hips at each well-baby checkup.

Sometimes no treatment is needed, and your baby can be rechecked in a few weeks. Other times, the baby might need to wear a harness or a cast for six weeks or longer. In more severe cases, surgery might be needed.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.