It has been one month since our last check up. I left the Children’s Hospital with a skip in my step. Olive’s braced hours are reduced to 12 hours, or her night time sleep! It took nearly two weeks for Olive to adjust to brace free daytime sleeps. She was not able to self soothe if she woke up after a short sleep, took a bit longer to get to sleep and often needed to be put back down at the bottom of the cot. There is a still some dysplasia in one hip but the other is exactly where it should be for her age! Our next appointment is not for another two months. Fingers crossed the remaining dysplasia is corrected and we get the all clear! The photos below are from one morning not long after the brace free days commenced.
Clinic Check Up Day! I was quite nervous before the clinic appointment as I had noticed my daughter’s hip felt like they were clicking when she kicked around. I had never noticed this before. I was so worried we had gone backwards. Was it possible to go backwards??? I started to count up the times I let her go for ‘just a little bit longer’ in her brace free hour. I began to feel guilty. I also had a few questions for the specialist today as well. I had planned on writing them down but in my concern for the new clicking, had forgotten to pen them. When we went in to see our doctor he entered the room wearing quite a serious face where he has previously had a smile. My heart sank. He said he had just had a look at our ultrasound and there hadn’t been any progress. I was instantly relieved as I knew he hadn’t yet seen our latest ultrasound. We had to get them done externally this time as I was unable to get to the imaging appointment at the hospital. I quickly explained this to him and handed over the images. He had a […]
Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH) As we near the end of ‘Healthy Hip Awareness Month’ I thought I would share a little about our hip baby and hip dysplasia. Olive is now 3.5 months old and has been in her Dennis Browne Brace/Bar (DBB) for a little over 5 weeks. I knew very little about DDH until two months ago. Being our second child, I knew the Community (or Child and Family Health) Nurse was rotating our daughter’s legs in the hip joint to test for ‘clicky hip’ when she was one week old. I didn’t know what a ‘clicky hip’ indicated. The nurse told me that she wasn’t too sure on one of her hips. It wasn’t clicking each time but didn’t feel quite right and she recommended I get them looked at again in the drop in clinic in a week or two to see if it is still present. The nurse said the right hip was the concern. When I went to the drop in clinic, the nurse there felt the left hip was the concern. At the advise of two Community Nurses but still unphased by what ‘clicky hip’ actually indicated, we went to the […]