After learning more and more about hip dysplasia WWC wanted to learn about other risk factors and signs of hip dysplasia.

What are Risk Factors for Hip Dysplasia?

  • Family History
  • First born girls
  • Breech babies
  • Tightly swaddled babies
  • The hormone Relaxin from mother to babe during pregnancy/birth
  • High birth weight (4kg+)
  • Babies born with a foot deformity, stiff neck (torticollis) and congenital disorders

It is really important to understand that children can develop the disorder without any, one or all risk factors.

What are some of the signs Hip Dysplasia?

 The treatment for Hip Dysplasia is very successful if the disorder is recognised during its early period. Your maternal health nurses and health professionals are will conduct screening processes for the disorder, but for any curious parents with any concerns here is a general list of some common signs and symptoms.


Signs and Symptoms

  • Click of clunk during hip examination
  • Uneven leg creases
  • Limited range of movement/stiff hip joint
  • Difference in leg lengths
  • Crooked buttock creases
  • Exaggerated limp
  • Dragging of leg whilst crawling
  • Knee(s) turning outwards

 Where can we find support?

Alongside Healthy Hips Australia there is a very helpful supporting organisation – Hip Hip Hooray which was established by the wonderful duo Jessica and Bec. Both these girls have personally experienced hip dysplasia in their own families and created Hip Hip Hooray as a hub of information and support for parents, carers and families.

 WWC also had the opportunity to speak to Bec, and it was very obvious that both girls developed Hip Hip Hooray with a genuine interest to help families and create a place where parents can share their stories and gain friendships. Hip Hip Hooray have a strong online presence and WWC were so happy to have learnt about them and to be able to share their support with you.

Want to find out more and show your support?

Healthy Hips Australia

Hip Hip Hooray