Q When should babies’ hips be checked and how do doctors diagnose clicky hips?
A Paediatrician Dr Mike Starr says:
Babies’ hips should be checked by a maternity child health nurse or doctor soon after birth, and another two or three times in the early months. Sometimes, however, a ‘click’ is felt, and while clicky hips are usually normal, sometimes the click may be a sign that the hip hasn’t developed properly.
The ball-shaped head of the thigh bone (femur) should be inside the cup-shaped socket on the side of the pelvis. This socket may not develop properly, leaving it shallow, and allowing the head of the femur to move in and out of the socket. If it stays out, it is dislocated.
If a baby has persistently clicky hips, he should see a paediatrician, who may order an ultrasound to check if the hip is normal. If the baby has developmental dysplasia of the hip, he may be fitted with a special splint to hold the hip in the right position.