CLICKY HIP­STER

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Celeb Mama -

QMy doc­tor says my baby has ‘clicky’ hips. What does this mean?

APae­di­a­tri­cian 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 first three months of life. Some­times a ‘click’ is felt and, usu­ally, most clicky hips are nor­mal. How­ever, the click may be a sign that the hip hasn’t de­vel­oped nor­mally.

The ball-shaped head of the thigh bone (fe­mur) should be in­side the cup-shaped socket on the side of the pelvis (called the ac­etab­u­lum). The ac­etab­u­lum may not de­velop prop­erly so that the socket is shal­low. The head of the fe­mur may be able to move in and out of the socket. If it stays out, it is dis­lo­cated.

If a baby has per­sis­tently clicky hips, she should be re­ferred to a pae­di­a­tri­cian, who may or­der an ul­tra­sound to check whether the hip is nor­mal. If the baby does have de­vel­op­men­tal dys­pla­sia of the hip, she may need to be fit­ted with a spe­cial splint to hold the hip in the right po­si­tion.

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