Walking with Hip Dysplasia

Warning…this is my first attempt at videos. Don’t make yourself sick by watching it… 😉

It’s a little hard to tell, but this is our 16 1/2 month old daughter walking with a dislocated left hip. If you look carefully, you’ll see that instead of her left leg rolling like it’s supposed to, she hikes it up and over.

When she first starting walking, I had a nagging feeling in my head about it being bad, but I dismissed that thought because she was such a new walker. After she didn’t get any better, and more people started commenting, I pulled out my handy dandy Dr. Sears’ The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two (Revised and Updated Edition) and started reading about limping. Frankly, it scared me.

I honestly avoid doctors. We only go unless absolutely necessary which isn’t very often. One of my favorite medical books is How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor. But I also trust and rely on my Dr. Sears’ books. When I read that we needed to have her seen right away, we did. And even when the doctor said she wasn’t concerned, we pushed until we were seen by a pediatric orthopedist. I trusted my mom sense and my mom sense said something was wrong.

I have been on pins and needles since her hip dysplasia diagnosis. I’m in and out of tears. I’m sad, mad, terrified of what’s to come. But I have finally come to peace. We’re headed to St. Louis next week for a second opinion appointment, more so to check out one more surgeon before we make our decision than to try to second guess the diagnosis. It is what it is unfortunately, and it’s totally obvious on her xray that her left hip is not in the socket.

I’ll let you know more soon.

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Comments

  1. Really smart to get second opinions. Doctors aren't superhuman and it takes awhile (and sometims a small army of people) to figure out what's wrong, how to treat it, and where to go from there. Didn't see the importance of it until I've seen several friends and family members deal with "mystery diagnoses" or health issues.
  2. Oh my goodness.... I had to replay a few times to actually believe she was say "Daddy did you see me"..... My boys are 18 months and pretty much do not talk... Lots of small words, and nodding or shaking heads... They obviously understand what we are saying to them. How do you keep your older kids from "talking for her"? I really think this is our number one problem. But it's hard to see them so behind in the speach area... :(
    • Cara - that was not her! She doesn't say many words at all. In fact, I think each of my children has spoken progressively later. My 7 yr old daughter was speaking in complete and proper paragraphs by 2. The rest, not so much. Sara says Ma, Kee (for kitty), uh oh, and whoa. That's about it, but she obviously understands and I'm convinced she follows simple directions way better than her older siblings did at her age. I personally (with no medical training, mind you) would probably not be too concerned about delayed speech - especially in boys - AND especially twins - notorious for developing their own language. :-)
      • Hahaha!!! I just watched it again and it STILL seems like she is saying it!! (As long as you aren't watchiong her lips too much) The boys definately understand and follow commands, when they feel like it of course... :) Ava (the only girl) was our only early talker, and she hasn't quit since... I guess I should just be counting my blessings! I really don't have that "feeling" about it being a problem. Sometimes those "supermoms" with college graduate 3 year olds can make you question your kids... I really appreciate you posting this video. Both boys were breech and had to be delivered Emergency C-Section (I was 8 CM dialated and wasn't feeling the contractions when I went in for my checkup) We missed their hip ultrasounds while moving to Texas, and I have always felt bad thingking "gosh, what if something is wrong and we missed our chance to find it". Thankfully both boys have been up and running as soon as they could. I could definatly see the difference in how your little girl walks. While I know it is hard for you, I also think you are helping more than you may know by sharing your experience. I look forward to reading about her recovery. You really do inspire me!! What luck your children have to be blessed with such a wonderful Mother!!
    • I was in complete denial about that walk. I was even mad when my mother-in-law suggested a problem. But I knew in my heart. I hope never to see the walk on another child. :-(

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