Updated Recommendations for Safe Swaddling
This summer, the Children’s Hip Program launched a safe swaddling initiative under the direction of Tim Schrader, M.D., Medical Director, and Dennis Fredette, P.T., Clinical Director for Orthopaedics. Studies show that improper swaddling, with the infant’s legs tightly wrapped with the knees and hips out straight and held closely together, can lead to developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH). The program includes education for physicians and staff on safe swaddling techniques for them to teach to patient families. Visit www.choa.org/swaddlingpros to view our educational video.
In addition, the Hip Program team has developed resources that you can share with your patients, available at www.choa.org/swaddling. Resources include a video designed for patient families that practices can link to from their own practice’s site—the video will soon be available in Spanish.