Resurgence in swaddling prompts fears of rise in babies' developmental hip abnormalities

Released on: 30 October 2013

Resurgence in the popularity of traditional swaddling has prompted fears of a rise in developmental hip problems in babies, which are now known to be linked to the technique, warns a paediatric orthopaedic surgeon in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.

In response to this, Senior Policy Adviser, NCT, Rosemary Dodds says: 

“It is helpful to raise awareness of hip dysplasia in relation to swaddling. Some parents and babies seem to like swaddling, but it is important that babies do not overheat and their legs are not restricted. 

“NCT products allow babies to move their legs freely, so that they do not prevent normal hip development. Videos are available on the NCT website showing parents who want to swaddle their baby, how to do so safely.”

Click here for some hip-healthy methods to swaddle your baby.