Hip Problems in Infants | Diagnosis & Tests


How does the doctor check my baby's hips?

The doctor checks the hips of a newborn baby by gently pushing and pulling the thigh bones to see if they are loose in the hip socket. When your baby grows older, the doctor checks to see if your baby's thighs spread apart easily.

What if my doctor thinks there might be a problem with my baby's hips?

If your baby is a newborn and the problem isn't very serious, the doctor will probably check your baby's hips again in 2 weeks.

If the hip problem is more serious or if it's still there the next time your baby's hips are checked, the doctor may have you take your baby to a pediatric orthopedist. A pediatric orthopedist is a doctor who has had special training in bone problems in children.

Sometimes a baby's hips may be checked by ultrasound. Ultrasound uses sound waves to take a picture of your baby's hips. X-rays of the hips can be taken when your baby is about 3 months old.


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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