6 month old son's hips are popping. HELP!

Sky - posted on 05/17/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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i just took my son in for his 6 month check up and we told her that his hips are popping often. she had xrays taken and said everything showed up normal, but to call her if it persisted for another month or so...my worry just won't go away because my aunt, friend's parents and a few other ppl with kids have told me that this is not a good thing...what can i do to make my pediatrician to pay attention to this and to my son? she has been my family doctor for years and i trust her i just cant get past this...

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Kat - posted on 05/18/2010

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my daughters hips have always popped a little, we even had an ultrasound. but she was perfectly fine, even walked from when she was 9 months old. so chin up, it could well be nothing more than popping. if she seems in pain, grumpy, out of sorts then follow your mummy instinct!

Cheryl - posted on 05/17/2010

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Here's what I found in just a few minutes:



In Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH), the ball or femoral head is loose from the hip socket or acetabulum. The problem may lie in either bone of the hip, or both. In my case, the acetabulum had not formed properly around the femoral head.



Although the etiology of DDH is still unknown, we do know that girls, first-born children, babies born in the breech position and those with a family history of DDH are those most often affected. Babies with positioning problems in utero are also more susceptible to DDH.



DDH is diagnosed in several ways. Parents may notice that the infants fat folds on the legs, do not match. The baby's' hip will click or make popping sounds when moved. Orthopedist use the Barlow and Ortolani diagnostic test to determine whether the infant may have DDH. Ultrasound technology can verify DDH.



I would guess if she said to wait a month, what she'll probably do is refer you for an ultrasound if he's still making the sound. If you're not content to wait that month, call her and ask her if she'll refer her before the month is up.

Cheryl - posted on 05/17/2010

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Are your aunt, friend's parents and the other people pediatricians?? Just curious ;-)

I don't know if it's serious or not but I know my husband is a dentist and I know it's one of his big pet peeves when someone comes in and tells him what to do.

If she took xrays, I'd say she took you seriously. Nothing showed up. Did she recommend anything nutritionally- additional feedings with more fluids or anything? Conventional doctors aren't up on EFA oils (omegas and such), maybe try to find an oil that you can supplement to help lubricate his joints. Do you know any naturopaths or such that you could talk to?

Have you done some internet research on what it could possibly be? DOn't freak yourself out without really checking into it. Your friends may have good intentions but if they are not backing it up with practical advice, your worry will overwhelme you.

Darliss - posted on 05/17/2010

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be persistant! Your the mom and if it bothers you then dont just let her brush it off! you know whats best for your child

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