Anne-Marie - posted on 04/04/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )
Hi all! I'm having one of those days.... my DD was diagnosed with Hip Displasia at 6 1/2 months and was placed into a Dan Browne Brace.. at first we were told minimum of 3 months. For some reason i expected things to go smoothly.. that she would wear it 24/7 for the first month then be allowed to have it off for at least a bath! But no.. sorely disappointed when we went back a month later to find that her right hip (which was dislocated) was still not in place and that we were looking at the very likely chance of surgery, but they tried another month in the brace (after widening it so she is now doing the splits) 24/7 again, so no baths for my little water baby. So we have just gone back last week and have had some good news that the hip is in place now, but she needs to wear the brace for another 3 months.. so we dont go back until she is 5 days off being 1! and she is allowed to have a bath and then in 6 weeks she can have it off for an hour a day. I know i should be happy about all this.. but im having one of those days where i feel really ripped off! I watch all these babies in my mothers group starting to crawl and cruise around on furniture and my little bubba is so wanting to do that stuff but is restricted a) because of the brace but also b) because the muscles in her legs are so wasted away she cant hold her own weight even if she could!
She is my first baby and i am struggling with the idea that we have to keep going with this until she is 1.. and possibly longer.. and then there is no guarantee that she wont have to have the surgery after all this. .. Sorry i really shouldn't be feeling sorry for myself!
I do have a question after all that whining... she is trying to stand up in the bath do you think i should not let her do this as it might be a risk for popping her hip back out of place????