The important thing to remember when DDH is diagnosed, is that it is not your fault and you haven’t done anything to cause this.
In the majority of cases there is no clear, identified cause or risk and even the most qualified medical professionals cannot predict DDH and do not known why a baby develops the condition.
We do however know that statistically DDH is more common in:
- A baby born in the breech position
- A baby who was breech in the last three months of pregnancy
- A family history of DDH
- First pregnancies
- Baby girls
- A deficiency of amniotic fluid in the womb
- Babies with tortorticollis, a tightness of the muscles on one side of the neck
- Babies with a mild foot abnormality
It is important to remember that whilst predicting DDH is near on impossible, treating it is highly successful and early deletion is key.