Resources For Hip Kids

Tips & Hints

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


Swaddling and Sleeping Bags

Sleep Time

Eating and Highchairs

Clothing – Harness and Brace

Clothing – Spica cast / Broomstick cast

Nappy changes with a cast


Car seats

Tummy time 

Spica essentials

Spica cast tips – by spica mum Katie


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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Join our community online

‘You are not alone. Contact us and we’ll happily be in touch.’

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 Peer 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:


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):


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

10 things ALL parents need to know about hip dysplasia



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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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: