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Hip Dysplasia: the update


It sounds very strange to be saying “good news! my baby’s just a bit wonky!”. In fact I think it might be up there with “yay, I had a cold” on the list of things I never expected to find myself saying until I had children.

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But yes, it is good news.

It took our sonographers mere moments to wave their magic wands over Pip’s hips and declare them beautiful and exactly as they should be, and even I could see something that looked vaguely like a hip joint appearing through the mists on the ultrasound machine.Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Phew.  Big sighs of relief because however much you tell yourself that you’re convinced it’s just a precaution there’s always a teeny tiny bit of doubt that niggles away at you in the quiet of the night.

After the ultrasound we headed off to our consultant appointment and even though the scans hadn’t shown any problems with Pip the doctor still took the time to check our wee man over; looking at his hands and feet and leg length and manipulating all of his joints.  Pip thought it was lots of fun and bestowed the most enormous smiles all around.Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

The official conclusion: Pip is just a bit asymmetric.

We’re now fully discharged, all we have to do now is watch and wait for Pip to grow and loose his baby chub at which point you won’t be able to tell that there was ever anything to worry about.

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It would be incredibly easy to tell myself I was silly for bringing it up with the GP in the first place, and that all I’ve done is take up everyone’s time, but actually despite having now presented the Hospital with not one but two perfectly healthy children I don’t feel in the least bit guilty about doing so; they would rather see my healthy babies and the ones that need a little help than miss the ones that they could help.

And thank you everyone that commented on my first post; so many lovely people shared their stories of babies that did need a little help in all sorts of ways, and the happy outcomes that followed. It was incredibly reassuring – thank you.