The day after Lia was born, the pediatrician at the Royal Vic told us that he felt a little pop in her hip. He promptly assured us that it’s nothing too serious but that we should go to the Shriners to be sure.
Last Friday, after an exam and ultrasound it was confirmed; Lia has Hip Dysplasia. She was given a brace to wear 24/7 until her next check up, on August 11th (10 days) when we will get a progress report and find out how long she’ll need to wear it (commonly 6-12 weeks).
A little background: Hip Dysplasia is present in about 1% of births, the doctor told us he treats it about once every 2 weeks. It’s apparently more common in first born girls, and is hereditary (though neither DJ or I have heard of anyone in our families). Interestingly, the majority of cases resolve themselves, but since it’s impossible to know which cases will, the brace is used.
…A few Google searches in after getting home and the reality of this condition, if untreated, is definitely scary. We’ve read stories of 5 yr olds, 11 yr olds and even older, forced to stay home with such a brace… Surgeries needed, etc.
Though it was very sad to get the news, and see her strapped up this way, we’re super grateful that it was caught and we were able to start treatment so early (at only 7 days old!).
Needless to say, the cute newborn outfits can wait…
Above is Lia sporting her brace, equipped with socks with the toes cut out to soften the straps against her skin… Yup, it officially bothers us more than it bothers her :)