What is Hip Dysplasia ?
Hip Dysplasia is a comprehensive term used to describe several related hip problems in children. The problem is present at birth in about 1 of every 300 live births. It is more prevalent among girls, breech births and firstborns. Other terms used are Congenital Hip Dislocation, Congenital Dislocatable Hip, Congenital Subluxatable Hip and Acetabular Dysplasia. More recently the term Developmental has often replaced Congenital because it is considered a more accurate description of the problem.
What is the importance of treating Hip Dysplasia?
Physicians diligently check for Hip Dysplasia to avoid potential risks. While Hip Dysplasia sometimes resolves on its own, it is impossible to determine which will and which will not. The long term consequences if unresolved are very serious and include: a shorter limp, pronounced limp, premature onset of arthritis and hip pain.
What is the importance of the harness to treat Hip Dysplasia?
The Pavlik Harness is the most common form of treatment in the U.S. and Europe because of its effectiveness and relative safety. The goal during treatment is to hold the hip in a reduced position to allow the hip to properly develop allowing movement in a controlled manner. A trained physician can position the harness to control hip flexion and abduction. To correctly identify positioning, markings are often placed on the leg and shoulder straps. Important: Because the straps have been positioned by your physician for optimal effectiveness, you should not make any adjustments without first checking with your physician.
How much does the harness weigh?
This is often asked to monitor the infants weight especially in the case of a premature birth. While individual harnesses may vary slightly the approximate weights are x-small: 88g, small: 120g, med: 126g, large: 142g & x-large:152g.
What kind of clothing can my child wear?
The harness is usually applied to the infant's body. Your physician may recommend a light undershirt or long kneed socks. The harness is designed so that nappies can be changed without removing the harness. It also allows for positioning in most car seats.
How do I care for the harness?
Sometimes a physician will prescribe 2 harnesses,one for wearing while the other is being washed. The harness should be washed by hand with gentle detergent and allowed to drip dry. Important: DO NOT USE HEAT. Heat can damage the plastic hook and loops used for fastening and may shrink the harness.
How Long will my child need to wear the harness?
Your physician will be checking your child regularly and will determine the length of treatment. On average treatment with the harness is about 3 months if discovered at birth and longer if discovered later.

Important: The Orthotykes Pavlik Harness is to be used by prescription only and needs to be applied by a qualified healthcare professional..

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