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Swaddling: bad for the hips of the baby?

According to an English study, swaddling, an ancestral custom that aims to wrap the baby firmly to remind him of the uterine cocoon, would pose risks for the articulation of his hips and could cause dislocations.

  • Back to fashion in recent years, swaddling would not be safe for infants, according to a study published in November 2013 in the British pediatric journal Archives of Disease in Childhood.
  • This practice, which consists in wrapping the child firmly to recreate the reassuring warmth he has known in his mother's womb and which would also improve his sleep, would be bad for the joints of his hips. It could lead to congenital dislocations of the hip, and in some cases to surgery in adulthood.

Natural development of hindered hip

  • According to the author of the studyProfessor Nicholas Clarke, orthopedic pediatric surgeon, swaddling would hinder the natural movements of the hips. However, by folding his legs and extending them, the child contributes to the normal development of the articulation of his hips and allows the head of his femur to fit properly on the pelvis, in a cavity of bone and bone. cartilage.
  • If you are a fan of this practice, the author of the study recommends using only a loose swaddling that allows the child to move his legs unhindered.
  • According to the English specialistIn Japan, a program to encourage grandmothers not to swagger their grandchildren too tightly reduced the frequency of hip dislocation.

Stéphanie Letellier

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