Several factors increase a child's risk for having developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH), including:
DDH may be related to higher-than-expected amounts of the hormones in the mother's bloodstream that loosen ligaments during pregnancy. Female babies may be more sensitive to these hormones, which may be one reason why DDH affects girls more than boys.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||John Pope, MD - Pediatrics|
|Last Revised||March 12, 2012|