Today Mia has an appointment with Dr. Haemmerle her orthopedic surgeon to check her hip again. We find out today if the days and nights of putting her in the harness are behind us or if we need to continue using it at night.
For those of you that are new to my blog or haven't read every one of my posts. Mia has hip dysplasia. It means that her hip slips easily out of socket. This is fairly common for girls and for breech babies. Mia was flipped breech a day before she was born so I had to have an unplanned c-section. When they pulled her out her hip was dislocated so they caught the dysplasia right away. She was given a harness to wear to hold her hip in place. We had to keep her in it 24 hours a day for the first 6 weeks then we got to start weening her off of it. She was out of it 4 hours a day for 2 weeks, 8 hours a day for the next 2 weeks and we just finished 2 weeks of only putting it on her at night.
Regardless of what the doctor says today we need to take Mia in at 6 months for her first x-ray to make sure everything is developing correctly. That's the first time they'll be able to see bone. Before 6 months her bones are really just cartilage so they won't show up on an x-ray. Babies' bones need to be pliable for their journey through the birth canal. I had no idea that it took so long for them to harden.
Lots of babies have to have special treatments, some more serious than others, to help them develop correctly. Did yours? Club foot, cleft palate, etc.