Question: How common is baby hip dysplasia?

Developmental dysplasia of the hip, or DDH, means that the hip joint of a newborn baby is dislocated or prone to dislocation. DDH affects one in every 600 girls, and one in every 3,000 boys.

Is hip dysplasia common in babies?

Some hip instability is very common in newborn infants. The exact frequency of hip dysplasia that requires treatment in babies is variable depending on Nationality, sex, race, and other factors. Hip dysplasia that needs treatment occurs in approximately 2-3 children per thousand.

How rare is hip dysplasia in babies?

About 1 or 2 in every 1,000 babies have DDH that needs to be treated. Without early treatment, DDH may lead to: problems moving around, for example a limp.

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