Royal baby in swaddling danger?
Wrapping your baby in a blanket may cause hip damage, suggests expert.
Hip parents of newborns risk causing damage to their babies hips by swaddling them, according to the Mail Online. The ancient technique is said to be having a resurgence in popularity after Royal Baby George was allegedly spotted swaddled as he left hospital.

What is swaddling?

Swaddling is the art of wrapping a baby in a blanket so that the baby’s arms and legs are snugly bound. The purpose is to provide warmth and security and to mimic the closed comfort of the womb. Those who practice swaddling are careful to add that a baby should not be too tightly wrapped.

Swaddling risks

Swaddling has been linked to higher incidences of cot death/SIDS (together with other factors such as smoking, co-sleeping, pillow use and pre-term birth). Swaddling increases the baby’s temperature, which has also been linked to SIDS.

Now a paediatric orthopaedic surgeon is warning that swaddling may cause abnormalities to the hips and other joints.

Professor Clarke of Southampton University Hospital said to the Daily Mail that misalignment may take place when the arms are restrained and lower limbs extended, leading to increased risks of osteoarthritis, hip replacement or even dislocation of the hips.
He adds that swaddling can be safe as long as the technique allows enough freedom for  the hips to move up and forward, but suggests that limiting swaddling has also been proven to prevent hip dislocation. Additionally, swaddling may be linked to issues surrounding posture later on in developing infants.

Swaddling is still on the rise with new parents, especially since the Royal Baby seems to be wrapped up: Sales of customised swaddling blankets have shot up as trendy parents embrace attachment parenting techniques.

How to swaddle a baby (video)

How to swaddle a baby (diagram)

Note: If you’re not sure about whether or not to swaddle your baby, or you’d like to make sure that your technique is safe, do consult a medical professional.

Would you swaddle your baby?

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