Bone, Joint and Muscle Conditions

Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip Symptoms and Diagnosis

Symptoms of Hip Dysplasia

You usually see no symptoms of developmental dysplasia of the hips in your baby. But some that can show up include:

  • Legs held in positions that don't match
  • Uneven folds of fat on the thighs
  • Less movement on the side affected by DDH
  • After about 3 months of age, one leg shorter than the other

Hip Dysplasia Diagnosis

When your baby is born, the doctor will examine both hips to make sure they are stable. The doctor will gently move your baby's legs to look for signs that the bones can come out of the sockets.

Babies change as they grow, so doctors will examine your child several times as they get older, often at regular well-baby exams.

If your child's doctor thinks your baby might be inclined to have DDH and your baby is younger than 4 months, we may ask for an ultrasound image to be taken of the hips. If your child is older than 4 months, we may take X-rays.