New parents will try just about anything when it comes to keeping their infants content, but one thing seems to have stood the test of time – swaddling. Unfortunately, new warnings have come out, saying that if you ever see a baby swaddled like this, you should unwrap them immediately.
Swaddling is one of the first things new parents learn, as it not only helps keep the baby warm, but helps comfort them with a womb-like embrace. Unfortunately, it seems that some parents aren’t exactly wrapping their babies correctly and it’s resulted in a rise in a serious medical condition.
According to Mail Online, Professor Nicholas Clarke of the University of Southampton says that tight swaddling is behind a surge in the diagnoses of hip dysplasia. What’s even worse is that he refers to the problem as a “wholly avoidable epidemic.”
IJ Review reports:
Hip dysplasia refers to loose or unstable hips (sometimes referred to as “clicky hips”) that can range from a mild instability to serious dislocation.
In essence, wrapping your children with their legs confined in an upright, almost “standing” position can keep certain ligaments constantly stretched out. After the swaddle is removed, this then prevents those same parts from tightening up naturally on their own. If left untreated, it could even pose problems later on.
We hadn’t heard about this, but it makes sense. So give your baby a little wiggle room!
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