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Hip-baby Disclaimer

Often, the hardest thing to deal with emotionally is the fact that since hip dysplasia is treatable, people assume you should handle it easily and well. The truth is often far from this. Hip dysplasia may seem trivial to an outsider but it rarely is.

There's often a sense of mourning involved; mourning for the soft, perfect baby that was probably expected. Resentment towards other mothers for having those perfect babies. Hatred towards clothing manufacturers whose clothes suddenly won't fit. Disappointment. Jealousy. Despair. Frustration.

No matter if your baby is in treatment for 6 weeks or two years - your feelings are real and they matter a lot. Try to ignore people who invalidate those feelings.

It can also be really hard watching on as your baby undergoes certain treatments. Screaming, crying and lashing out are all common during examinations. The baby may seem uncomfortable in his or her harness or spica. You may feel helpless.

Hang in there. There are places and people who will help, and some will be more useful to you than others. Often the best sounding boards are those who are also going through it. A mailing list was created especially for this purpose. You can subscribe by going to the Hipbaby page.

Other people to talk to may include your GP, psychiatrist, or a caring friend or relative.

If you have any questions about this site or would like to make a suggestion, please contact us at hip-baby.org.