Our daughter Isla was born with a dysplastic hip which means she has to wear a spica cast for 12 weeks. The first thing I did when I found out was look it up to find different tips and advice for what I thought would be a horrible 3 months. I honestly didn’t find too much. So, after having 8 weeks under out belt, I thought why not share what we’ve learned. The pediatrician first felt the slip in Isla’s hips just a day after she was born. We has a specialist look at it weeks later. The advice we received was that she would more than likely grow out of it and to come back at 6 months. What a relief! At 6 months we went in to get an x-ray done. One hip had grown just as it was supposed to and the right hip was still displaced. Feeling just sick about it, I hesitantly made the appointment to put our sweet daughter into a spica cast for 12 weeks. (I also took her to a chiropractor to get a second opinion in which he said it had to be done.) The “surgery” went better than expected. The doctor originally thought he would have to make an incision to remove whatever was not letting the hip move easily into the socket. Once she was asleep, it fell right into place. So, home we went with a lot heavier and awkward to carry baby girl. We were just getting ready to move Isla to her own crib when we found out she would need this procedure done. We had been co-sleeping. There was no way I could let her cry it out in her own crib now.
So, here is a little bit of what we learned – You will get great arm muscles. and you will be tired. Buy a bean bag chair. The can sit up or lay down with a toy (or 6) and you can get a few things done. I am able to make supper or take a shower while she’s comfortable in the bean bag. Buy a boba carrier or something similar. Used this all the time! It was perfect for the shape her legs were in. We found a stroller that was not too deep and she can get some fresh air on a walk or while we were out during yard work. Fortunately it’s the summer months and we didn’t have to worry about finding pants that would fit around her legs. After some getting used to, I started laying her on her tummy. She actually enjoys it now and pulls herself around. Moleskin! We go through a pack every few days. It keeps her cast clean – around the edges and protects against major blowouts. For diapering – we used a size 1 to tuck under the cast and a size 5 to go over it. It worked pretty well.
I’m not sure I can say that it’s not as bad as I thought. But I can say that it’s very doable. And you get used to it. And I can’t wait for July 22 when it will be all over with and her little hips will be fixed – hopefully.