If your child has been diagnosed with hip dysplasia or another hip condition and has been transported in a baby carrier or sling, call our office for a free consultation. Growing research has revealed that certain types of baby carriers are likely unsuitable for infants and may contribute to hip dysplasia and other hip conditions. Beck, Amsden and Stalpes has specialized in product liability in Montana for nearly 30 years. We’ve recovered millions of dollars on behalf of clients injured as result of manufacturers’ flawed designs. If your child has been injured as a result of a baby carrier or sling, we are on your side.
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Why Are Some Baby Carriers Dangerous for Babies?
The International Hip Dysplasia Institute has published extensive information about baby carriers and slings. Their conclusions are that some baby carriers force infants into unhealthy hip positions, which can lead to hip dysplasia or other hip conditions. According to the Hip Dysplasia Institute:
“There is evidence that carrying a baby on the mother’s body (or father’s body) is likely to influence hip development during the first six months of life when the baby is carried for many hours each day for purposes of bonding, or infant care.”
After a child is born, his or her joints remain soft and malleable. It takes months for the joints to stretch out naturally and become firmer. For newborn children, the ball of their ball and socket hip joint is loose and the edges are made of soft cartilage. This means that the joint can bend easily.
If a child’s legs are forced to stretch out straight for too much time, it can cause the hips to dislocate.
This dislocation of the hip is rarely painful in infancy. Just like the soft cartilage in our ears, bending that area of the body might not cause pain. However, the effects of hip dysplasia often become apparent when the child begins walking. The condition can also lead to painful arthritis in adulthood.
According to the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, for improper baby carriers (indicated in the diagram on the left): “Thigh NOT supported to the knee joint. The resulting forces on the hip joint may be inappropriate for prolonged use when infants have loose hip joints or hip dysplasia.”
For proper baby positioning (indicated in the diagram on the right): “Thigh is supported to the knee joint. The forces on the hip joint are minimal because the legs are spread, supported, and the hip is in a more stable position.”