DDH The Life Changing Condition
By Natalie J. Trice –
My second born son, Lucas, has Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH), a condition that affects between one and three children in every thousand and whilst it isn’t life threatening, it has certainly been life changing.
DDH, also referred to as congenital hip dysplasia or “clicky hips”, is where the ball and socket hip joint fails to develop correctly and doesn’t fit snugly together.
As with many conditions, the earlier DDH is detected the sooner treatment can begin and the less chance there is of life of pain, hip replacements and disability.
Lucas is now six and has just had his fourth operation and whilst he has spent time in casts, had more x-rays than I can remember and suffered more than any child should, I decided to turn a difficult situation into a positive one.
I passionately believe there needs to be more awareness of DDH amongst parents as well as midwives, health visitors and GPs who are crucial in spotting suspected cases and referring onto specialists. As well as writing about DDH on my blog, I also secured a book deal and Cast Life which was published in October.
Cast Life covers everything from explanations about the condition and the various treatments, to family life and dealing with emotions. There is also a large resources chapter as well as first person comments and stories.
Natalie J. Trice Professor N. M. P. Clarke ChM, DM, FRCS, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Southampton University Hospital, wrote the foreword and said, “This book is essential reading for parents, and indeed healthcare workers, who are involved in the care of children who have the condition and I would love to see it in clinics around the world.”
I hope the book and Spica Warrior, a charity I have recently launched, will show parents that whatever DDH throws at them, they will be able to deal with it if it means healthy hips for their child.