Developmental Dysplasia Of The Hip In Children


Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) is a condition that affects your child's hips. Normally, the head of the femur (thigh bone) fits into the acetabulum (cup-shaped hip socket). Together with ligaments (connective tissues that hold the bones together), they all form the hip joint. DDH prevents the femur head from fitting correctly into the hip socket. The head may only be slightly out of place or may not be in the hip socket at all. Sometimes, DDH occurs when the ligaments of the hip joint are loose or stretched too much.



  • Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your child's primary healthcare provider (PHP) how to give this medicine safely.

  • Give your child's medicine as directed. Contact your child's PHP if you think the medicine is not working as expected. Tell him if your child is allergic to any medicine. Keep a current list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs your child takes. Include the amounts, and when, how, and why they are taken. Bring the list or the medicines in their containers to follow-up visits. Carry your child's medicine list with you in case of an emergency. Throw away old medicine lists.

Follow up with your child's PHP or orthopedist as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.


Quiet play will keep your child safely busy so he does not become restless and risk hurting himself. Have your child read or draw quietly when he is awake. Follow instructions for how much rest your child should get while he heals.

Contact your child's PHP or orthopedist if:

  • Your child's pain is getting worse, even after he has taken his pain medicines.

  • You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.

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