Tuesday, November 13, 2007

 Knitting together a solution

My 2-month-old was recently diagnosed with developmental dysplasia of the hip. It's one of those things that can be cured relatively easily, and we're lucky it was caught before she was mobile. Treatment is six weeks or so in a Pavlik harness:

in her harness

She's tolerating it pretty well ... our biggest concern has been keeping her warm enough (November in New England). She can't wear footed onsies or pants, and while the harness covers her feet and most of her lower legs, her little thighs have been pretty chilly.

Good thing I can knit ... I used about 40 grams of leftover sock yarn to make her some warm leggings:

leg warmers for the WB

harnessed up ... and warm

I figure she can wear them under dresses after the harness comes off.

(edited to add that I wrote up a pattern for the leggings, which can be found here.)


Blogger Debora said...

I'm sorry to hear about your baby's condition, but I am glad to hear it can be corrected. What a wonderful mom to think of knitting the little leg warmers!

4:21 PM  
Anonymous cori north said...

What a clever Knitter Mom, and your yarn choice looks so lovely, too. Making me (finally) wonder if i should knit some up for my current youngest (14 mo.) who will not keep any sock on his foot but still needs some coverage/warmth. All the best, and am sure the time will go so fast, you won't believe it!
Cori in KS

5:26 PM  
Blogger TheBunny said...

I had that when I was an infant. And at 40, I have never had any problems with the hips ever. They hurt a bit when I went through puberty but I think it had more to do with the bizarre growth spurts I went through. ;-)

Yay on the leg warmers. They are back in style so she is cool as well as warm!

5:58 PM  
Anonymous flic said...

As part of my job I fit Pavlik harness' to babies with DDH and we actually recommend press-button jumpsuits with lots of stretch - you may need to go up a size but they will still fit when she comes out of the harness. Also try stretcy leggings and cutting the waist elastic at the sides and adding button tabs - once again try a larger size. I love your legwarmers though! Also try checking out hip-baby.org for practical tips.

2:33 AM  
Anonymous Barbara said...

My son was born without a hip socket. He wore a huge foam pillow that was inserted in a jumper like contraption. In fact I ended up making a lot of the pillow holders. When he didn't have it on I always held him with his legs around my hips....and his younger brothers and sisters also....never swaddled them...just pretended like they were babes in the tropical countries riding around on my own hip!
My son's hip is fine!!! He developed a normal socket.

10:45 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Aww poor baby...what trooper. Hope that her little hips get better soon. Good thing you can knit is right. What a great idea. Great job.

4:47 PM  
Blogger knitting elephant said...

Excellent idea and problem solving, mom! I'm going to suggest HALO sleep sacks for bedtime, and really any other time you're not riding in a carseat--those sacks cover just about anything well and keep baby nice and warm. My son has clubfoot and wears a brace every night, so he can't be in regular pjs. Sleep sacks saved us! :-)

5:20 PM  
Blogger Dove Knits said...

What a great idea!

I'm so glad that even though she's having a medical problem, that it's being corrected.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Sereknitty said...

Oh, it's so hard to see your little one all trussed up like that ... thankfully, she won't remember it. Good on you for coming up with those adorable leg warmers!

2:11 PM  
Blogger melissa said...

The leggings are wonderful - so cute and stylish! And what a gorgeous little model!

11:18 PM  
Blogger Doodlesprouts said...

What a creative and wonderful idea!!! Hope your little one gets better soon! Best wishes to your family!

8:47 AM  
Blogger Samantha said...

I was born with that condition as well, and have never had any hip pain related to that condition. I do have hip pain from sciatica, but it is entirely unrelated to the hip displacia.

BTW, the leg warmers are a great idea!

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! My two oldest daughters had the same condition as babies. They both used the same harness and it corrected the problem perfectly. I love the leg warmers, great idea!! :)

10:54 PM  

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