Swaddling may put babies at greater risk of hip dysplasia, expert warns

The traditional practice of swaddling babies is gaining popularity, but Nicholas Clarke of University Hospital Southampton in the U.K. said if the technique is not done properly, it could result in a congenital disorder called developmental dysplasia of the hip. For proper hip development, "legs should be able to bend up and out at the hips. ... The babies' legs should not be tightly wrapped in extension and pressed together," Clarke wrote in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.

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