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Pediatr Rehabil. 1998 Jul-Sep;2(3):129-34.

They cannot sit properly or move around: seating and mobility during treatment for developmental dysplasia of the hip in children.

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Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, University of Limerick, Ireland, UK.


Children diagnosed with Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (0.2% of live births) are often treated by splintage to hold the head of the femur in the acetabulum during early joint development. Whilst clinically effective, this can create difficulties for the parents in handling the child and affects the mobility of the family, which subsequently creates emotional and social difficulty resulting from the disruption of the family routine. To identify these problems and their order of priority, a survey of 113 recently affected families was carried out in England and Northern Ireland. Parents identified mobility, emotional and social problems. Splintage size and shape was the fundamental problem from which the other difficulties arose. Solutions to the basic difficulties of transporting and seating a child in splintage would largely alleviate the feelings of frustration felt by the families and enable more normal activities of daily living.

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