Hip Dysplasia

My youngest daughter was diagnosed with a dislocated left hip on August 31, 2011 when she was 15 months old and had open reduction surgery on November 1, 2011 at the University of Iowa.

I was very lost when we first discovered this problem. It’s devastating to learn a child has a problem that could impact her during her entire life. It’s also not overly common and can be hard to know where to turn. I’ve decided to blog about it in the hopes that it helps someone else out there! You can read about through our story here.

Here’s a video of Sara walking prior to surgery. We found the hip problem because she limped with she first started walking.

Warning Signs, Risk Factors, Prevention of DDH

How to Prepare for your Baby’s Hip Surgery

Helpful Supplies for Hip Surgery

Here’s what happened the day of Sara’s surgery.

Here’s how we survived the first week in the spica cast.

Here’s how we’re diapering in the spica.

Spica Cast Cut OFF Day – Tips & Tricks

Here is information on traction, if that’s an option for you.

And here are some very helpful links if you’re looking for more information about DDH:

International Hip Dysplasia Institute

Hip Healthy Swaddling

Hip-Baby Yahoo Group

Hip Toddlers Facebook Group

Hip Dysplasia in Babies Facebook Group


Shriners Hospitals for Children

Ronald McDonald House

Larry the Cable Guy’s Git-R-Done Foundation

Parents’ Guide to Hip Dysplasia by Betsy Miller

And here are a few blogs about DDH you may find useful:

Mia’s Miracles

Our Tattered Angles – DDH in Utah

Maisie’s Hippy Adventures – DDH in the UK

The Trouble with Triplets – Also in the UK

Lauren & Brayden’s Journey – Vancouver, BC family dealing with DDH

If you’re facing DDH and have a particular question or concern you would like me to blog about, please send me an email at [email protected]! I’d love to hear how I can help you.