June 9, 2023
Hip Dysplasia Awareness
June marks International Hip Dysplasia Awareness Month, a crucial time to educate ourselves about this condition and the significance of early detection and treatment. Hip dysplasia can have long-term complications, making it essential to address the issue as soon as possible. In some cases, treatment involves the use of harnesses or braces, which can pose challenges when it comes to comfortably accommodating a child in a pram.
Understanding Hip Dysplasia
Hip dysplasia is a condition where the hip joint does not develop properly, potentially leading to instability, dislocation, or abnormal hip joint formation. It is crucial to detect hip dysplasia early to initiate appropriate treatment and prevent long-term consequences. Early diagnosis often involves the use of a harness or brace to help position the hips correctly, facilitating proper development.
The Challenge of Pram Compatibility
Parents and caregivers of children with hip dysplasia often face difficulties when it comes to finding a pram that can accommodate a child in a harness or brace comfortably. The width and depth of the seat may make it difficult for the child to sit while in the brace making it challenging for both the child and the caregiver to navigate daily activities.
What to look out for when choosing a pram
Understanding Your Child's Needs: Before diving into pram options, it's crucial to understand your child's specific requirements regarding the hip dysplasia brace. Consider factors such as the brace's size, shape, adjustability, and any specific restrictions imposed by the healthcare professional. Understanding these details will help you narrow down your pram choices effectively.
Focus on Comfort and Support: When choosing a pram, prioritize comfort and support for your child. Look for prams with well-padded seats, ample legroom, and adjustable features. Consider models that provide proper cushioning and back support, ensuring that your child's brace fits securely and doesn't cause discomfort during extended periods in the pram.
Adequate Space and Accessibility: Ensure that the pram offers enough space to accommodate your child's hip dysplasia brace without constraints. Look for prams with a spacious seating area, high seat back, and wide legroom. Accessibility is also vital, as you may need to lift your child in and out of the pram. Choose a pram with an adjustable or removable front bar to facilitate easy access.
Maneuverability and Suspension: Consider the pram's maneuverability and suspension system to ensure a smooth and comfortable ride for your child. Look for prams with swivel wheels that make navigation easier, especially in tight spaces. A good suspension system will help absorb shocks and bumps, minimizing any potential discomfort for your little one.
Test and Evaluate: Before finalizing your choice, it's essential to test and evaluate the pram with your child's hip dysplasia brace. Visit baby stores or showrooms that allow you to try out different pram models. This hands-on experience will help you assess the pram's fit, functionality, and overall suitability for your child's needs.
Seek Professional Advice: When in doubt, don't hesitate to consult with healthcare professionals or physiotherapists experienced in treating hip dysplasia. They can provide valuable guidance on pram selection, ensuring that your choice aligns with your child's specific needs and facilitates their treatment.
Fortunately, Milly + Coup prams, such as the Leo, Milo2, and Pixi do accommodate children in various braces. For all those parents out there navigating this journey, please reach out to our customer service team who can provide you with specific measurements and help your make the right decision for your little ones needs.