'Where was this when I needed it!': Mums are going mad for hip dysplasia babygrows

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When Marks and Spencer posted a picture of reality star Mille Mackintosh's baby girl in a hip dysplasia babygrow, it prompted an out-pouring of "where was this when my baby was young!" from other mums on Instagram.

"Our easy-dressing range is here to make your life that little bit easier," the clothing chain wrote. "As seen on @milliemackintosh 's gorgeous daughter Sienna, our hip dysplasia babygrows come with a wrap-over design and popper fastenings."

"What an amazing product," said one mum. "Wish I knew it existed when my daughter was going through her treatment."

"These clothes for hip dysplasia are amazing! I wish they were around almost 10 years ago when I my son wore braces," added another.

The Made in Chelsea star previously opened up about her little one's diagnosis with hip dysplasia in an Instagram post.

"It's been an emotional few days over here," she wrote. "Sienna had a routine hip scan at six weeks because she was breech from 28 weeks onwards, it showed one hip socket was underdeveloped but I was reassured it was likely to sort itself out by 12 weeks. But they booked her in for another scan just to make sure."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Despite being worried initially, the first-time mum said she put it to the back of her mind and "got on with things". 

"But when we went for our second scan, I was shocked and saddened to learn she has in fact got developmental hip dysplasia and the treatment is to wear a special harness all the time for six-12 weeks," Mackintosh wrote. Apparently, it has a 90 per cent chance of totally correcting her hip, so she hopefully shouldn't need surgery or have any issues with her movement, so we are remaining positive and grateful that we found out early."

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But the new mum says despite being caught early, it's not been without its challenges.

"The hardest part is that I can't hold her properly to cuddle her and finding a comfortable breast feeding position is really difficult while we adapt to this change in our reality, a reality that we've worked so hard on!" she continued. "It feels like we are back at the newborn stage, her routine has gone out the window and we are having to learn how to care for her all over again."

The reality star also asked others to share their tips, too. "I know lots of parents have been through this and similar issues with their babies. I would love to hear your experiences. Any advice on how to make her more comfortable would be much appreciated as although she is being very brave she is confused and frustrated that she can't move her legs and it's really challenging emotionally as parents to see her so distressed."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) occurs when baby's hip joint does not grow normally. According to Healthy Hips Australia, currently, up to one in every 50 babies are being treated for hip dysplasia.

Risk factors include:

  • Breech presentation 
  • Female baby 
  • Low fluid around the baby in the womb (oligohydramnios) 
  • A baby with a birth weight over 4kg 
  • A first born baby 
  • A baby who is overdue by more than 2 weeks 
  • A family history of DDH
  • Other tendon problems, such as club foot and/or neck stiffness

You can find more information at Healthy Hips Australia