Resources For Hip Kids

Tips & Hints Handouts

Healthy Hips Australia has developed the following handouts for parents from parents who've been through a hip dysplasia journey of their own. We hope you find these practical tips and hints helpful.

Breast Feeding Handout

Prams Handout

Swaddling and Sleeping Bags Handout

Sleep Time Handout

Eating and Highchairs Handout

Clothing - Harness and Brace Handout

Clothing - Spica cast / Broomstick cast Handout

Nappy changes with a cast Handout

Babywearing Handout

Car seats Handout

Information Record Booklet

A great resource to help you keep track of information discussed at each appointment, plus a place to jot down your questions to ask:

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Local Buddy Network

Being able to meet up face-to-face with others impacted by hip dysplasia, can make it easier to realise you are not alone on your hip dysplasia journey. Maybe no one in your family, or friendship group, knows what it is like to face a hip dysplasia diagnosis. Perhaps you don't want to burden them with your 'new' reality (or ongoing reality); as they too have their own health conditions.

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 Online Support Networks

We understand how lonely and isolated you can feel when no one around you has experience with hip dysplasia. We can connect you with people in your area and organise catch ups both in person and online, via Facebook, across Australia.

Facebook peer support groups for parents/cargivers of children with hip dysplasia:

WA
SA & NT
QLD
NSW & ACT
VIC
TAS

We appreciate that families whose children require surgical treatment have additional questions to those being braced. The following peer support group unites families across Australia in this situation:

Spica Families Australia

Hip dysplasia treatment doesn't always start, nor end, during the early years of life. This peer support group unites families across Australia facing the commencement of treatment, or ongoing treatment:

DDH Support Australia - Parents of older children (4+)

Unfortunately the number of teens and adults living with hip dysplasia in Australia is far greater than most would expect. You are not alone and can connect with others in this group specifically for teens and adults living with hip dysplasia (please respect this is not a space for their family or friends, nor parents of children with the condition (unless you too as an adult have the condition):

Adult Hip Dysplasia Support Australia

For upcoming catch ups visit our Events on the Facebook page.

Childcare Education

Accommodating a child, undergoing treatment for hip dysplasia, in the childcare setting requires planning and good communication between the family and childcare provider(s). This ensures that the child's individual care needs are met. Healthy Hips Australia can assist in this process:

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 Equipment Hire

You might find your car seat, pram or highchair isn't useable during treatment. Play equipment can sometimes be challenging to find too. We have partnered with Hire for Baby to help parents access hip dysplasia-friendly equipment to make the treatment period more manageable:

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Terminology

There is a lot of medical jargon that gets used. Some of the most commonly used terms can be found in this section.

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Education Resources

Safe Swaddling Flyer

HHA Hip Dysplasia Infographic

FAQs

Questions are common after diagnosis and during treatment. Sometimes shock, distress and stress, not to mention sleep deprivation if diagnosis comes during the early months of life, can make it hard to process and retain any information given during appointments. We have included some frequently asked questions, but please feel free to contact us with other questions and we will be happy to direct you to the correct source of information.

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Links

We have provided some links to local resources, international organisations and hip dysplasia-friendly businesses in Australia.

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Videos

There are a number of videos available online that provide practical tips and how-to demonstrations for managing various hip dysplasia treatments. We'll feature a selection of these over-time so keep an eye on this section:

Bridget & Kyle set up Spica Life after their daughter Londyn was diagnosed with DDH in 2015. Their website is a great resource for Spica families. Here is one of their how-to videos: