1) In the M-position which means keeping your baby’s hips in abduction 40-55 degrees and flexion 90-110 degrees when you wear your little one.
2) In-ward facing carrying during the first six months of infancy. This way naturally promotes the M-position that we just talked about earlier.
Watch the videoson how to properly wear your baby.
Why is it so important? Infant’s hip joints are relative shallow compared to adult’s hips. Therefore, it is important to keep you baby’s hips in the M-position to minimize the risks of dysplasia. That is also the reason that when you swaddle your baby, you only tighten the arms and keep the leg part loose.
What factors contribute to hip dysplasia?
A family history to hip dysplasia, breech position, first born, female, prolonged labor, and large baby.
Some research fun facts:
1) Some research from Australia suggests that healthy hip positioning during early infancy may decreased the risk of adult arthritis.
2) A study from Norway reported that 90% of young adulty hip joints replacements for dysplasia were never diagnosed as dysplasia during infancy.