Mid-evil baby torture device? Afraid not! It is the standard of care for DDH, or developmental dysplasia of the hip. DDH is a painful disorder of the hip a baby is either born with (due to cramped quarters in the womb) or that happens in the first year of life. It is a physical problem where for some reason the femur doesn't fit securely into the hip socket. Oftentimes it goes undetected until later in childhood or even into early adulthood when surgery is necessary! Unfortunately, first born females have the highest chances of developing this problem, but you can do your part to help prevent it!
Understandably you may get the urge to transform your darling into an adorable, snug, baby burrito but this could cause more harm than cuteness. Swaddling too tight with the hips and knees in an extended position may increase the risk of hip dysplasia and dislocation.
For a quick refresher on safe swaddling (you don’t have to be an origami Olympian to get it right) check out this video published by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.
This question has gotten even more controversial.
Positional plagiocephaly affects approximately 1/2 infants and is the most common reason for referral to craniofacial centers. This reflects an astounding increase in the incidence of the condition- namely due to public health campaigns that encouraged parents to position their babies on their backs to prevent SIDS.
The implications of infant skull deformities are unclear, but parents are concerned about the potential negative outcomes and motivated to participate in treatment. This has sparked interest in evaluating the current standard of care- the cranial remolding helmet.
According to researchers from the Netherlands, there were negligible treatment effects in the first randomized evaluation. This means that out of two groups of babies with plagiocephaly, the ones who were treated with helmets saw no real improvements over the ones who were helmet free.
To read the study, click here.
If the treatment is possibly ineffective, prevention has become more important!
Parents and providers aren’t the only ones frustrated by positional plagiocephaly and the absence of safe, science tested products to prevent it. This sentiment trickles through the entire healthcare system according to “Positional plagiocephaly reduces parental adherence to SIDS Guidelines and inundates the healthcare system."
Doctors are booked with babies needing plagiocephaly treatment and don’t have the resources to keep up with increased demand. Having little to no options, parents are risking SIDS to avoid positional plagiocephaly causing major concern throughout the healthcare system.
Education, support and well-engineered products are key to overcoming this shared frustration and combating positional plagiocephaly once and for all.
Car seats have to undergo stringent crash testing to be deemed safe by the FDA. When in the market for a new one, we read up on safety ratings to make informed purchasing decisions. Are price, safety rating and design the only characteristics we should be considering in a purchase?
The first year of life babies experience tremendous growth. In fact, they triple in weight and grow 50% longer. Despite this significant body change, many of us carry our babies around in the same seat as day one. Sure we adjust the straps when they start to become a little snug, but there is little else done to accommodate for significant developmental progression.
For those of us who have desk jobs, we can attest to a tremendous increase in quality of life when fit with an ergonomic chair. Most babies spend hours each day strapped in, so why is there no testing or rating system informing us which seats are the most baby body friendly?
Car seats today appear very similar to those that our parents were toted around in. With the immense amount of tech innovation and healthcare research in our world today, it is somewhat shocking that car seats have remained unchanged.
At Wigglewam we believe your baby comes first. This is why we are challenging current device standards and conducting research into optimal positioning for growing babies. We want to ensure healthy physical development for our most precious ones!