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Appropriate ‘Devices’ Must Be Used When Swaddling Your Baby……Really?

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For the past….oh let’s say THOUSANDS of years, parents have possessed a natural God given instinct to care for their children,  but leave it to the experts to let us all know that we’ve been doing it wrong all this time.  Nicholas Clarke, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Southampton University hospital in the U.K., published a study that says:

‘Safe swaddling’ with appropriate devices should be promoted because it is recognised that traditional swaddling is a risk factor for DDH [developmental dysplasia of the hip]. In order to allow for healthy hip development, legs should be able to bend up and out at the hips. This position allows for natural development of the hip joints. The babies’ legs should not be tightly wrapped in extension and pressed together. Commercial products for swaddling should have a loose pouch or sack for the babies’ legs and feet, allowing plenty of hip movement and hip flexion and abduction.

“Appropriate devices”???  Really, I don’t get it but I guess now I can blame my back and hip issues on my mother for swaddling me “incorrectly”!

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