Hip Problems in Infants | Overview


What hip problems are common in infants?

A few babies have hip problems that can lead to dislocation of the hip bones. This is also called dysplasia (say: "diss-play-see-uh"). This means that the long bone in the upper leg comes out of the hip socket. If your baby has this problem, it's important to find out early so it can be fixed.

A hip problem isn't always easy to see at first, so your doctor will check your baby's hips at each well-baby check-up until your baby can walk well.


Screening for Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip by LM French, M.D., and FR Dietz, M.D. (American Family Physician July 01, 1999, http://www.aafp.org/afp/990700ap/177.html)

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 07/99


Hip Problems in Infants


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